Texting while driving can cause an accident. Would you ever agree to ride in a car with a blindfolded driver? That is the equivalent of what you are doing if you ride with a driver who is texting and driving.
The Average Text Distraction Lasts 5 Seconds –Long Enough to Cause An Accident.
According to a 285 page U.S. Department of Transportation study on distracted driving released in 2009, the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. If you were traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, this would be like driving over a hundred yards (about the length of a football field) while blindfolded. (Read the government’s full study on distracted driving here: Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s study on driver distraction http://mcsac.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/DriverDistractionStudy.pdf).
It is disconcerting to think how many times a day you ride in or pass by a car that is engaged in this kind of conduct and what the consequences of that kind of distracted driving could be. Many states (like California) have made it illegal to text or talk and drive. But in the state of Texas, so far, only a few cities (like Austin, Texas) have passed local ordinances prohibiting texting, talking and driving, making our roads arguably more dangerous, and the chance of being involved in an auto accident, greater than in some other areas of the country.
Drive defensively and look out for distracted drivers to Avoid an Accident.
Avoid an accident by driving defensively. Be vigilant while driving and look out for other driver’s on the road who are driving distracted. Often those who are driving distracted can be spotted easily because they weave or drift into other lanes, drive very slowly, and do not respond promptly at stoplights. Caution your teen driver’s not to ride in vehicles with friends who text while driving and not to engage in that conduct themselves under any circumstances. Research shows that teen drivers are especially susceptible to being involved in car accidents if distracted.
If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver, get legal help pursuing your claim. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at J. Thomas Law Firm. Click here to request your free case review or call 817-442-2410. We take personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis; there is no fee ever unless and until we make a recovery for you. We serve clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville, Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Roanoke, Trophy Club, and throughout the DFW Metroplex area.