Despite the many laws meant to prevent it, texting and driving remains a major problem in the United States. Every day, drivers throughout the country make the mistake of texting while behind the wheel. Does this sound familiar?
You only have to take your eyes off the road for one second to cause an accident that results in serious injury or death. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
Don’t Text and Drive has published a variety of statistics that prove how dangerous this behavior can be. Here are some to consider:
- Every year, texting and driving is responsible for approximately 1.6 million accidents.
- Every day, 11 teenagers die as the result of texting and driving.
- Texting and driving is a cause in approximately one out of every four motor vehicle accidents.
- Texting and driving is the same as getting behind the wheel after drinking four beers.
- Texting while driving increases the chance of an accident by 23x.
- This behavior is the same as driving with a blindfold on for five seconds.
Here is one final statistic that proves how widespread this behavior has become: at any given time during the day, there are roughly 800,000 drivers who are texting.
These are the types of statistics that show why the authorities want to end texting and driving once and for all. Most states have laws in place to prevent texting and driving, but this is not good enough. When it comes down to it, every driver has the ability to text when they are operating a motor vehicle. The only thing that can prevent this is awareness.
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident? Was it caused by a driver who was texting? If so, we can help you better understand your legal rights. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.