The use of smartphones is a part of contemporary society in Fulton County and across the country. Everyone is dialed in 24 hours a day and their busy schedules make it necessary to be in constant contact with friends and associates. This has led to a relatively new danger on the road causing an increasing number of crashes – texting and driving. The statistics regarding texting and driving and it causing a car accident are astounding and frightening at the same time. Injuries and fatalities are happening as a result of it.
Statistics show that in 2011, 23 percent of motor vehicle crashes were due to a distracted driver using a cellphone while behind the wheel. The actual number is 1.3 million. People might not realize the amount of time it takes to look at a text message on their phone and how it can lead to a dangerous situation, but the minimum amount of time a person will be looking away from the road to see their phone is five seconds. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, a driver can travel the length of a football field before looking at the road again.
The potential for a car accident multiplies depending on the activity. Sending a text message makes an accident 23 times more likely. Dialing, talking or listening, and reaching for the phone itself also increases the danger substantially.
Teenagers are most vulnerable to the temptation of using their phone while driving. Thirteen percent of 18 to 20 yearsold who were in a car accident admitted to texting and driving. The example is often set by adults as teens say they have seen their parents texting while driving. Also, 77 percent of teens believe that they are capable of driving and texting at the same time without there being an increased danger of a crash and 55 percent think it’s easy to text and drive.
It’s not just texting that’s the issue. People use their phones for numerous other reasons like emails, Twitter and Facebook. Many states are enacting laws to put harsher penalties in place to punish drivers who use their cellphones while driving, but it’s still a prevalent problem. If there is an accident due to another driver texting and driving, there can be massive medical expenses and even fatalities. It’s imperative to discuss the matter with a qualified legal professional to consider a legal filing to be compensated.
Source: TextingandDrivingSafety.com, “DWI: Driving While Intexticated,” accessed on Oct. 20, 2014