Today, as I was driving through the Seattle area, I came across a really bad accident. Though I am no expert, one of the cars looked to be completely totaled. And that got me to thinking and wanting to discuss more and more of the dangers of texting and driving. Working for a car accident attorney in Southern California, I am much more aware of all of the things that we allow ourselves to be distracted by. Most of us are glued to our phones. And texting and driving is one of the biggest distractions on the road these days. Below, I am going to go over some of the dangers of texting and driving as well as how to avoid these distractions. If you have been injured in an accident, contact an auto accident lawyer in our office. Consultations are free!
Car Accident Attorney | Texting & Driving
We all do it. At least all of us that can drive do it. We see a text come in from a friend or get a notification on social media and we cannot help it. It is almost as if we are almost conditioned to do it at this point because looking at our phones has become a part of our daily lives.
However, there are some dangers to this kind of distracted driving. Did you know that driving while distracted causes more accidents every year than drunk driving accidents? More and more people are being injured due to texting and driving every year.
I won’t lie, I do it sometimes and I am currently trying to stop. No text or call is really that important that it cannot wait. Even if it is, you can always pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot to answer the text.
Even if you think that you have no problem texting or being on social media when you are driving, there are some very interesting facts that our car accident attorney wants you to be aware of:
- 30% of car accidents in 2016 were due to someone texting and driving
- on average, 9 people are killed every year due to texting and driving
- more than 1,000 people are injured due to phone related distracted driving
Like some believe that they can drive better when they are drunk, because they think they are being more cautious, people who text and drive are not, statistically speaking better drivers. Furthermore, those who do text and drive or are on their phones while driving are not better drivers. Just because you have not been in an accident that does not mean that you are a good distracted driver. Believe it or not, no one is a good distracted driver.
What Makes Texting & Driving Dangerous
There are actually a few common things that make texting and driving – or distracted driving in general – dangerous. However, texting and driving is especial dangerous because it involves all types of driving distractions. Those being the following:
- when your eyes are not on the road, they are on your phone. Driving is very much about keeping your eyes on the road and on the drivers around you and making sure that you and others on the road are safe
- when you are driving with only one hand and not both. I have to admit, there are times when I drive with only one hand. It’s usually when I am sitting in stop-and-go traffic on the 5 freeway in Irvine on my way to and from work. However, when you combine visual and manual, it presents an even bigger distraction
- being on your phone takes your thoughts off of the road and away from safe and defensive driving practices. Though, I think, when we have music playing in the background, that can sometimes take your thoughts off of the road, but not in the same way that your phone can
When you are busy on your phone when you are driving, it is easy to forget you are sharing the road with other drivers. Did you know that the five seconds it takes to send a text, you have already driven the length of a football field? And with minimal attention to the road.
Though texting and driving is illegal, the fines are not that hefty. However, if you were to get into an accident while you were texting and driving, not only will fines be hefty, but also your insurance rates will sky rocket.
How to Break the Habit
We live in a society where our cellphones are practically glued to our hands. Below are some tips on how to prevent yourself from texting and driving:
- put your phone on airplane mode
- turn your phone off
- put your phone in your purse or in the glove box to make it more difficult to grab
- if you have a passenger in the car with you, give your phone to them to hold
There are so many things that can be done to break the habit of texting and driving.
Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer Today!
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You should never do this on your own. Especially when you are suffering. Contact us today to discuss your case. Not only will we help you get the settlement you deserve, we will also get you in touch with the best medical professionals we know.
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