Why Texting and Driving is Dangerous

You’re driving on a highway en route to home, after a long day and you hear the familiar buzz of your cell phone. Is it a text from someone important, a news update, or a notification from Facebook? You’re itching to see what was sent and the anticipation is killing you. You contemplate taking a quick glance at your phone, but during that moment of weakness remember- is viewing that notification worth, placing someone’s life in danger—not to mention, your own life? Cell phones are contributing to the increase of distracted drivers on the road. Here are 6 reasons to not text and drive.

  1. Taking your eyes off the road for more than 2 seconds doubles your risk of crashing. [1]
  2. Cell phone use while driving leads to an additional 1.6 million crashes each year.[2]
  3. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. [3]
  4. 25% of car accidents in the United States are caused by texting and driving. [4]
  5. Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk. [5]
  6. The 5 seconds it takes to respond to a text is equivalent to the time it would take to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. [6]

There is no question that texting and driving are unsafe. Ultimately, texting increases distraction slows your reaction time, and hinders your ability to control your vehicle. If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle collision, please call Potter Burnett Law today!

[1] Source: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/distracted-driving/the-risks-of-distracted-driving/#.WP9juFPyt7M

[2] Source: The National Safety Council https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

[3] Source: https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

[6] Source: https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/distracted-driving-statistics/


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