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Why You Should Never Text While Driving

Driving is a task that requires a person’s undivided attention. Unfortunately, many drivers engage in distracted driving and, given the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, more and more drivers are choosing to text while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that nine people are killed and over 1,000 more are injured in the United States every day as a result of distracted driving. If you sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a driver who was texting at the time, seek the help of a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Why is it Dangerous to Text and Drive?

Texting while driving is dangerous for several reasons. Unlike most other distracting habits, it requires a driver’s attention, vision, and one or both hands, which ultimately creates the perfect storm for a devastating accident. Here are some more sobering facts:

  • It takes a minimum of 5 seconds to send a text and, if you are traveling at 55 mph while texting, you can potentially drive the length of a football field without looking at the road.
  • According to a survey taken by AT&T, 97% of teens acknowledged that texting while driving is dangerous, though 43% admitted to doing it despite the danger.
  • Texting while driving is prohibited in 43 states and D.C. In states that do not have an all-out ban on texting while driving, there are still some limitations and restrictions.
  • According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, women are more likely to use their cell phone while driving than men are.
  • Fatalities related to texting and driving are on the rise, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSA).

If you have a teen driver in your household, set a good example by choosing not to reach for your phone while driving. Teens are more likely to heed their parents’ advice when they can witness them put it into practice as well.

Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Midland

Motor Vehicle accidents are often sudden, traumatic experiences and, if you sustained serious injuries, there is more hardship to come once the medical bills start piling up. You should not have to bear the costs of someone else’s mistakes. At Dean Law Firm in Texas, our car accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting on behalf of victims of texting and driving accidents. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients and are prepared to do the same for you.

Backed by over two decades of experience, you can be confident in our ability to effectively handle your personal injury claim.

Contact our legal team today at (432) 214-8125 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.