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Deadly Dangers of Texting and Driving

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death

Texting and driving is among the most dangerous things a person can do. It is distracting and the consequences can even be fatal-thousands of people die every year in crashes caused by drivers who were texting while they were driving. When texting while driving, your attention is diverted from the car in front of you as well as from your surroundings, leaving you less likely to be able to react appropriately if you need to brake immediately or take some other action. In addition, some of the people most likely to engage in texting while they drive are the least experienced of drivers, which can further increase the chances of someone getting into an accident. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, you need to contact the experienced personal injury lawyers of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. immediately.

Texting Is Playing an Increasingly Large Role in Accidents

In the year 2011, according to DMV.org, at least 26% of automobile collisions in 2014 involved a cell phone in some form or another. This is 1,300,000 accidents. The National Safety Council puts those figures at 1,600,000 for the year 2013, so the numbers are only increasing every year. Even worse, figures from the National Safety Council estimated that 3,154 people died in 2013 in accidents caused by a driver who was texting.

Texting Takes Your Attention Away from the Road

Driving requires attention, careful attention, particularly when in traffic or traveling at high speeds. Texting while you drive diverts your attention from the road, instead focusing it on your phone and the messages that you are sending and/or receiving. In fact, studies have shown that every time you take your attention away from the road to even just read a text message, your attention is off the road for a minimum of five seconds. That is five seconds that the car in front of you could come to a complete stop, a child could run across the street or any number of other things could occur.

Many of the Drivers Texting Are Inexperienced and More Likely to be in an Accident

Another factor regarding texting and driving that is sometimes overlooked is that it is very often the younger and more inexperienced drivers, particularly teenagers, that are the ones who are most likely to be texting and driving. Accordingly, a younger driver texting is a double hazard, first because they may not be experienced enough of a driver to react appropriately if an unexpected event occurs while the teenager is driving and second because the driver may be more likely than the average person to be texting at the very time when their attention is needed the most.

What is scary is that this age group of drivers may not even realize the danger posed by texting and driving at the same time, as according to the website Texting and Driving Safety, 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident they can safely text while driving. Even worse, these drivers know that what they are doing is unsafe, as a poll by AAA found that 94% of teenaged drivers acknowledged that texting while driving was dangerous but more than a third admitted to still texting and driving.

For drivers who are not experienced to begin with, this level of overconfidence is not only shocking but dangerously optimistic, as it means this age group is that much less likely to grasp the full danger of what they are doing by texting and driving.

Call the Lawyers with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. If You Have Been Injured by a Texting Driver

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving in the Chicago area or anywhere in Illinois, you should contact the experienced personal injury and accident attorneys of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. in order to begin the process of receiving compensation for those injuries. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., many of our clients have been injured in car accidents or other types of accidents involving roadways, such as motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, and pedestrian accidents. If you have been involved in an accident involving a driver who was texting and were injured in that accident, please call us today for a free consultation with one of our accident and personal injury lawyers at (312) 236-2900.