Texting has become a part of every day life in the United States. Unfortunately, the common use of cell phones does not make them any more safe. Using a cell phone in any capacity is dangerous while driving. One cannot pay attention to the road and to their cell phone at the same time. Instead, when someone tries to use their phone and drive, they become “distracted drivers.” Distracted drivers are becoming a very real and dangerous problem.
In 2014, 26 percent of car crashes involved the use of a cell phone. More than a thousand people are injured each day due to distracted drivers. Additionally, on average 9 people are killed in car crashes each day, due to distracted drivers. Almost half of all teen drivers admit to texting while driving. This is particularly alarming, because texting and driving has become a leading cause of death among teen drivers.
Understanding the Dangers of Texting and Driving
There are many forms of distracted driving. Eating, talking on the phone, even just thinking about what you will say during an upcoming, important meeting, are all forms of distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define distracted driving as behavior that is in one or more of three basic categories:
- Visual distractions – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual distractions – taking your hands off the wheel and
- Cognitive distractions – taking your mind off the task at hand – driving!.
Texting involves all three types of behavior. This makes texting especially dangerous. While texting, a person’s mind is focused not on driving, but on formulating and creating the text message. At least one of their hands is not on the wheel. Finally, when texting, drivers are often looking at their phone, rather than on the road. It takes mere seconds for a deer to bound out into the roadway, or a car to make a sudden stop just ahead of a texting driver. If the driver is distracted, they are less likely to see the danger, and when they do, their response time is necessarily reduced.
In most situations, texting and driving is illegal in New Jersey. It is also not safe. Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your thoughts on your driving. You can text once you arrive at your destination safely.
Has Texting and Driving Impacted Your Life?
If you have been injured in a car or truck crash, and you suspect the driver was distracted by texting or due to some other dangerous behavior, contact the Rosner Law Offices, P.C. at (856) 692-6500. Our attorneys work hard to protect the rights of people injured by careless and reckless drives. We seek recovery for the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys may be able to help you and your family. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case today. There is no cost to you to consult with our experienced personal injury attorneys. In fact, we only charge you a fee if we win your case. Call us today.
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