Why Texting and Driving is Dangerous
May 4, 2017
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.
- Taking your eyes off the road for more than 2 seconds doubles your risk of crashing. 
- Cell phone use while driving leads to an additional 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 
- 25% of car accidents in the United States are caused by texting and driving. 
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk. 
- 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. 
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!
 Source: The National Safety Council https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html