Texting While Driving Accidents Require the Assistance of a Skilled Legal Team
Texting while driving is more dangerous that driving while intoxicated. The typical text takes five or more seconds to read or send a text. If the person is going 60 mph, the person will go almost one and a half football fields “driving blind.” This means the driver may not see pedestrians or other hazards in the road until it is too late. Here is the math: 60 mph is 1 mile per minute. One mile is 5,280 feet. Divide that by 60 seconds is 88 feet per second times five equals 440 feet traveled in five seconds at 60 mph. That is only 10 feet short of 1 and ½ football fields. Can you imagine driving that far while blindfolded?
Drivers, especially young drivers, think they can text safely, but the numbers don’t lie. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 11 teen deaths are caused in the USA every day from driving while texting. Over 330.000 injuries are caused each year from driving while texting. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 1,600,000 accidents each year are caused by driving while texting.
Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Disturbing statistics from the report include: More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving. Approximately 2,700 teens are killed in drunk driving accidents. More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. Driving while texting is the same as driving after consuming four beers, and makes you 23 times more likely to have a crash, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It is estimated that almost 25% of all accidents are caused by driving while texting.