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Texting and driving and your brain

We've all heard how dangerous it is to text and drive, but not everyone heeds the warnings. Texting and driving has become such an epidemic across the country that states are banning the use of handheld devices while operating a vehicle. Law enforcement agencies are stepping up their patrols looking for violators in an effort to save lives. If you've ever wondered why it is so dangerous, here's a little explanation.

The routine of checking our mobile phones has become such a habit that it has been soft wired into our brains. This happens because we've done it thousands of times just about anywhere we are with the phone in our hands. There no longer is a thought about picking up the phone. Once we get that notification, it's an instant reaction to pick up the phone and look at it.

Once we grab the phone to look at it, our reward system kicks in, likely activating the dopamine in our brains. The dopamine tells us to check the phone and check it multiple times. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which plays a role in self control, is likely turned off at this time, especially when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

This proves that we have very little control over saying no to checking our phones while driving, much like the use of drugs or alcohol when operating a vehicle. Looking at all of this as a whole makes it easier to understand why using a phone while driving can cause accidents and lead to fatalities.

This problem can be avoided, but it takes quite a bit of willpower to overcome the temptation. You can turn the phone off completely while driving or even lock it in the trunk so you have zero access to it.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a texting and driving accident in Wilson, North Carolina, call our firm to discuss your case and how you can acquire compensation for your injuries.

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