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Now more than any time in history, staying connected with friends and family is instant, constant, and, some would say, addicting. With all known information in the world accessible in the palm of our hands, the screens of our smart phones light up our faces an average of 150 times a day, some studies show. Whether to talk, surf the internet, get directions, check social media, or text, we re-ignite our smart phones an average of once every 10 minutes, all day, every day.
This is a broad problem that affects most everyone we know, but in specific, when the use of a mobile device happens behind the wheel, things can get particularly dangerous. Here are 5 statistics that may reshape the way you look at texting while driving.
#1 Texting While Driving Is Illegal In 39 States + Washington D.C.
Right now, whenever it is you are reading this blog, it is estimated that over three quarters of a million drivers are texting behind the wheel. Yet most of those who are participating in this act don’t realize how dangerous it is. In most states, due to the preponderance of evidence collected over the last few years, texting while driving is specifically prohibited by law.
#2 Texting While Driving Causes 1.6 Million Accidents Yearly
Some 77% of young adults say they are confident that they can safely text while driving. Each time someone looks down to read or send a text it is estimated that their eyes are off the road at least 5 seconds. At 55 mph, a car easily travels the length of a football field in that time.
#3 Accidents From Texting While Driving Cause 330,000 Injuries Yearly
A driver who looks up from his or her phone to see a potential collision coming has an almost 20% slower reaction speed than alert drivers. No wonder 25% of all care accidents are caused by texting and driving. A Harvard Risk Analysis study shows that accidents that occur from texting and driving literally cause hundreds of thousands of injuries every year.
#4 Texting While Driving Can More Dangerous Than Driving Intoxicated
Texting behind the wheel is said to be six times more likely to cause an accident as driving intoxicated. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving is the equivalent to driving under the influence of 4 beers.
#5 Texting While Driving Kills 11 Teens Every Day
Studies show that when teens text and drive they spend as much as 10% of the time outside of their driving lanes. Yet, more than half of teens, when polled said “texting and driving is easy”. But studies show that 11 avoidable teen tragedies occur every day due to texting and driving. Clearly, there is a misapprehension as to the imminent harm of texting on the road.
What To Do When Texting Drivers Have Affected You
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident due the inattentiveness or negligence of someone who may have been texting and driving, we can help with pursue appropriate recovery, both physically and financially.
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC are poised to help identify negligence and set you out on a well-informed strategy to hold responsible parties accountable. Contact us online anytime to schedule your appointment to talk about your accident. Or call 703-370-8088 today.