Cell phone use while driving has become a serious safety issue and one of the single biggest causes of automobile accidents within the United States.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 1.6 million crashes per year are the result of cell phone use while driving and another million are the result of texting while driving.
Statistically, you are six times more likely to die in a car accident while texting than while driving intoxicated. This is an extremely dangerous activity, yet polls show 37% of drivers admit to texting while driving.
If you’ve been the victim of an injury resulting from another driver’s cell phone use, we’re here to help. Our experienced auto accident law firm has spent over 30 years helping victims just like you. Call us at 1-800-753-5203 to receive aFREE consultation.
What Happens When You’re Texting
So why is texting so dangerous? Let’s take a look at the three critical elements of driver safety that a driver can be distracted from at any given moment.
- Visual – eyes off the road
- Manual – hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – mind off the drive
As you may have guessed, texting impairs all 3 of these elements. The driver must take his eyes off the road for some amount of time, remove one or more hands from the wheel, and disengage mentally from driving while sending or reading a text.
Teen Drivers & Cell Phone Use
Distracted driving, and especially cell phone use while driving, is significantly more common among teens than any other demographic. 21% of distracted driving fatalities among drivers ages 15-19 can be attributed to cell phone use.
One of the biggest problems is awareness. The majority of teens do not understand the danger posed by driving while texting. 25% of teens admit to texting at least once every time they drive, and every year, more and more accidents are caused by texting and cell phone use.
Adult Drivers & Cell Phone Use
Of course, adults are not exempt. Nearly 25% of all car accidents are the result of cell phone use. For adults, the use is generally for calls rather than texts. Making a call may not disrupt the visual focus of driving, but it does impair the manual and cognitive elements of safe driving for an extended period of time.
If you’ve been victimized by a distracted or texting driver, you deserve to be fully compensated by that driver’s insurance company. It’s not always that simple, however, as insurance providers may leverage their vast resources in an attempt to minimize your payout.
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