We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. Every year, innocent lives are claimed on our roadways as a result of such negligence. However, negligence on the road isn't limited to alcohol abuse. A more common distraction to a motorist is driving while texting. Driving while texting is a relatively new phenomenon that has proven to be fatal. But it should be regarded as serious an offense as drinking and driving is.
Not convinced? Let's take a look at some
sobering facts about driving while texting (specifically among teens who
text the most).
-Driving a vehicle while texting is six
times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
federal agency reports that sending or receiving a text takes a
driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the
equivalent -- when traveling at 55 mph -- of driving the length of an
entire football field while blindfolded.
-Also according to
the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, Distracted
driving is one of the leading causes of crashes among ALL drivers. For
teens, it causes 11 percent of fatal crashes, and of those, 21 percent
-The proportion of alcohol-related
traffic crash deaths has dropped 52% since 1982 as a result of
awareness, vigilance and statistical analysis. As a result,
alcohol-related deaths are now at historic lows, but the proportion of
traffic accident fatalities that are NOT alcohol-related has
sky-rocketed 78% during the same time.
What is the solution?
solution is to address the reality through awareness the same way MADD
(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and SADD (Students Against Drunk
Driving) were able to do. Now, there is an organization called Students
Against Texting and Driving that is raising awareness among their peers
as well as their parents. But more can still be done. While texting and
driving is an unfortunate bi-product of the technological boom,
technology could also help remedy the crisis it caused. For parents,
there are apps that allow them to monitor and even disable phone use
when the car is in operation. It would behoove any parent with a teen
who has a cell phone and a license to look into.
who have had the unfortunate experience of being involved in an
accident with a motorist who was texting while driving, then we want to
hear your story. Our expert attorneys are abreast of the ever evolving
laws concerning negligence behind the wheel, be it the result of alcohol
intoxication or distraction by technology. Either circumstance is dire
and should be addressed with vigorous legal counsel. We are here for
you. Give us a call today.
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