Almost everyone knows that texting and driving is dangerous. Texting is the epitome of distracted driving because it requires a driver to remove his or her hands from the wheel and eyes and attention from the road. 39 states and Washington, D.C. have outlawed texting while driving, and even in the states that have yet to do so, texting and driving is widely viewed as an inherently dangerous activity. Even though most people frown upon the practice, people continue to text while driving, especially teenagers who may not appreciate the risks or busy people who may want to use every possible minute, including time in the car, to communicate and be productive. If you have been in an auto accident due to a distracted driver who was texting, call a Newnan auto accident lawyer today.
According to the National Safety Council, texting and driving causes 1,600,000 accidents on an annual basis and 330,000 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that texting while driving can make a driver up to 23 times more likely to cause an accident. Many experts believe that texting or emailing is the single most dangerous activity in which a driver can participate, and that it is even six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Still, even though many people would never remotely consider driving drunk, they continue to endanger their own lives and the lives of other drivers by texting while driving.
Many people, especially young people, text while driving because they believe they are good at it. In fact, a survey showed that 77% of young adults are very confident that they are able to safely text and drive. There are several ways people justify texting and driving, including:
- They only text at stop lights or stop signs
- They slow down or follow cars at a greater distance while texting
- They only read texts (which still takes your eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds at a time)
- They hold the phone by the windshield so they can simultaneously see the road.
None of these tactics make texting while driving safe. Texting and driving can always cause accidents and should simply be avoided. If you have been injured in an accident because someone was texting and driving, a Newnan auto accident attorney can help you hold that driver liable. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today for a free consultation.