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Why texting and driving is so dangerous

Distracted driving is a big problem on the road. Even before electronic devices, drivers could become distracted by adjusting the radio or trying to eat. Texting while driving is especially hazardous. It can seem as if it does not take too long to just glance at the phone to read a text, but the reality is that it can be deadly to take your eyes off the road for those few seconds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list three types of distractions that can occur while you are driving:

  • Manual distractions are when you take your hands off the wheel, such as taking a bite of a sandwich or changing the station on the radio.
  • Visual distractions are when your eyes are not focused on the road. For example, you might look back at a passenger behind you.
  • Cognitive distractions are those that take your mind off of your driving. This could be having an argument with your passenger.

When you text, you combine all three types of distractions. If you are driving at 60 mph, you drive 88 feet every second. In five seconds, you have covered the length of a football field and then some. On city streets, you might be driving much slower. Could you see a child or an animal dart out into traffic while you are looking at your phone? It is just better not to risk an accident. Get to your destination safely.

Texting is a problem for youth, not mature drivers, right?

Drivers under 20 years old do have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, but no one is immune to distractions on the road. Older drivers often think that they can manage to look at a text and no one will get hurt. Even though Florida has a ban on texting while driving, many drivers still use their GPS or NAV system or have their smartphone hooked into the car system to listen to music.

Both state and federal lawmakers are responding to the problem of distracted driving by enacting laws and prohibiting certain drivers from texting when they are behind the wheel. While this does help the problem, the possibility of being involved in an accident with a driver who is distracted is about 18 percent. Serious injuries can occur, which causes you to lose time, health and property. If you are battling an insurance company to get compensation for your injuries, it would be beneficial for you to speak to an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney about your situation.

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