Distracted driving is a dangerous habit no one should engage in and, unfortunately, many do. There are many forms of distracted driving, though texting and driving is undoubtedly one of the most predominant problems on the road. In fact, it is such a serious issue that campaigns now exist, imploring drivers to set their phones aside for the sake of their own safety and the safety of others. If you sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a driver who was texting at the time, seek skilled legal guidance to pursue compensation.
Why is texting and driving dangerous? We compiled a few reasons below:
- It diverts your attention from the road: If you are reading or responding to a text, the fact is that you will have to look away from the road. Even if it is only for a matter of seconds, this can still lead to a terrible, even fatal accident. On average, a driver looks away from the road for about five seconds to send or read a message. This might not sound like enough time for something to go wrong, but if you are traveling about 55 miles per hour, it is all you need to drive a distance that is equal to a football field. If your eyes are not on the road during that time, imagine just how much can potentially go wrong. Texting while driving increases the chance of a crash by 23 times, so wait until you are safely parked or out of your vehicle before reading or responding to a text.
- Texting involves all three types of distracted driving: While there are many different forms of distracted driving, they generally fall into three types of categories – manual, cognitive, and visual. When you text and drive, you cover all three types. Texting while driving requires you to take your eyes off the road, use one or both hands to use the phone, and it requires your mind to focus on the message you are reading or sending out. It is no wonder that texting while driving is almost decidedly the most distracting and dangerous behavior you could partake in while on the road.
- Texting while driving often leads to fatal accidents: Although not every accident that involves texting leads to a fatality, a fair amount of them do. In fact, According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes every year and texting while driving is 6 times more likely to result in a crash than drunk driving. If drivers engage in safer driving practices and set their phones aside while operating a motor vehicle, these deaths are entirely preventable. If you have trouble resisting the temptation of responding to messages, there are apps available that can silence notifications on your phone until you are no longer driving.
Skilled Personal Injury Attorney in Birmingham
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation for your injuries. At Guster Law Firm, LLC in Birmingham, our skilled legal team is dedicated to fighting on behalf of those who have been wrongfully injured and will do what is necessary to ensure the responsible party is held liable for your injuries. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Backed by over 40 years of combined legal experience, you can be confident in our ability to protect your interests and obtain the compensation you deserve and need to move past this traumatic experience.
Get started on your personal injury case today and reach out to our law firm at (205) 386-6844 to request your free initial case evaluation to learn more about how we can assist you.