There is a new term, driving while intexticated, that is indicative of just how deadly texting a driving really is. Teen drivers, and adults as well, can be easily distracted if they text and drive. According to an AAA survey the top four concerns, in order of highest to lowest, for driving hazards include:
- Texting and driving
- Drinking and driving
- Falling asleep while driving
- Aggressive driving
Texting and driving is a deadly combination because of the amount of focus required to text. Changing the radio station or talking with a passenger does not require a driver to divert his or her attention for nearly as long as texting does. Research indicates that a person is 400% more likely to be involved in a car wreck when texting and driving. The reaction time for a driver who is texting is slower than a driver who is impaired by alcohol.
Teens and young adult drivers are the most likely to suffer deadly personal injuries from texting. There has not been anything in the history of driving that has caused such a sharp increase in catastrophic or deadly personal injuries. While some states have passed laws to ban texting and driving, it is surprising to note that, in every state that has made the use of handheld devices a traffic offense, car accidents have increased by 25%. This indicates that drivers are not stopping their dangerous behavior, they are only trying to hide their behavior; therefore, increasing the risk of an accident.
Austin Personal Injury Attorney
If you are a victim of an accident that occurred while another driver was texting and driving, seek the help of an Austin personal injury attorney at Shaw Cowart. We will advocate for you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.