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What Makes Texting and Driving So Deadly?

Published on Oct 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm in Car Accidents.

We’re always using our phones for something. We check our text messages, social media, and even use phones for email. When we put away our phones, we usually worry about missing a message or notification because we want to answer it immediately.

This impulse still occurs when we drive. Many people check their phones while they drive. This takes their attention away from the road, and can lead to serious accidents.

Car accidents are sudden and traumatic. It’s terrible to learn that the person responsible for the crash was distracted, meaning if they had paid attention the crash might have not happened. But you’re not alone in this. You can seek legal action and defend your rights. The car accident lawyers at Bey & Associates understand this. We’re ready to hear your case and help you in any way we can.

How Do Cell Phones Distract You?

You hear your phone beep, buzz, or see the light flashing in the corner. Someone’s trying to get in touch with you. Drivers still take the risk to see what the notification is for and endanger everyone on the road.

When you take your eyes off the road to read a text for five seconds and you’re driving around 55 mph, you can drive the length of a football field before seeing the road again. In that time, you can swerve, hit another car, or run off the road.

But there’s another bad side to this issue. While drivers can learn about the dangers of texting and driving, they make excuses to justify their behaviors instead of changing it.

People believe they can multitask and therefore it’s okay for them to text and drive. But they cannot react to what’s happening on the road when they don’t see what’s going on. They’d rather give in to the impulse and check their phone than ensure safety.

How to Encourage Others to Avoid Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving leads to eight deaths and 1,616 injuries daily in the United States. Too many people think they can multitask while driving.

Encouraging others to stop texting and driving can help make the roads safer.

  • If you can, inform new drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Tell them how a few seconds of looking away from the road can mean injury or death.
  • Set an Example. Show that you’re doing what you can to make the road safer. If you need to make a call or check your phone, pull over where you’re not in traffic and you can safely look at your phone.
  • Tell Others. Talk to your family and friends about distracted driving. Talking about it and providing facts and information might make someone think twice before they check their phones while driving.

Do You Need an Atlanta Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer?

Have you or a loved one been in a car accident with a distracted driver? Bey & Associates might be able to help. We’re dedicated to helping people and doing all we can to get them the compensation they deserve.

Don’t let a distracted driver derail your life. Call us today at (404) 344-4448 and we’ll talk about your options.