Why wait to text? – The Truth behind the Dangers of texting while driving
Distracted driving is a problem in New Mexico. We have all heard public service announcements proclaiming the dangers of texting while driving. Beyond the fact that it is generally just a good idea not to text and drive many states have enacted laws penalizing drivers who do use their phones while driving. Yet, use continues to this day. As personal injury attorneys we are in a unique position to observe the detrimental effects that cellphone use and texting, specifically, can have on the average driver. Having represented victims of distracted driving, we have compiled the following statistics into our own “public service announcement” and hope you take the numbers to heart.
A recently released study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truck drivers who were texting were 23% more likely to crash than those paying attention to the road. Likewise, a 2007 study by Clemson University found that “text messaging and using iPods caused drivers to leave their lanes 10 percent more often.”
Distraction from cell phone use while driving extends a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08%, and drivers that use cell phones (we’re not even talking about texting here) are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
We hope to have made it perfectly clear just how dangerous texting and driving can be. At the Davis Kelin Law Firm we believe that every driver on the road, regardless of age, has a duty to other drivers to use roads in a reasonable and safe manner. The bottom line is that texting while driving is neither reasonable, nor safe. If you were injured because another driver could not be bothered to wait to text, we encourage you to visit us at: Daviskelin.com for more information on how we may be able to ensure compensation for the injuries they caused. If you have a wrongful death case or related case in connection to distracted driving we would be happy to take a look at your case. Visit the contact an attorney page here or give us a call at (505)242-7200
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