At this time, 44 states have placed a ban on texting while driving. Even then, some people continue to take part in this dangerous behavior.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone more than 420,000 people were injured as a result of distracted driving. On top of this, more than 3,000 people were killed as a result.
Why is it Dangerous?
There are many reasons why texting and driving is dangerous, including the fact that the driver takes his or her eyes off the road to focus on their electronic device. When doing so, the chance of an accident is much greater.
To go along with an increased risk of an accident, anybody who is caught texting and driving will find themselves in trouble with the police. This can lead to fines, license penalties, and in the most severe of cases, prison time.
Police are on the Lookout
It is easy to believe you can get away with texting and driving. It is easy to believe that you can do this without causing an accident. However, this is not always the case.
Did you know that police are putting more time, effort, and money into cracking down on those who text and drive?
For example, as noted in a recent Yahoo Autos article, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded $2.3 million to the state of Connecticut to experiment with additional means of enforcing texting and driving laws, including spying on drivers by setting up on overpasses. This shows just how far states will go to catch those who are breaking the law.
There is a reason why texting and driving is looked down upon: it is extremely dangerous. If nobody took part in this activity, it would save thousands of lives every year, while also helping many others avoid injuries.
Texting and driving is a dangerous behavior that can lead to serious injury or death. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, contact us to learn more about your rights.