The dangers of texting and driving are well known, but even with the staggering statistics on injuries caused by the behavior, many drivers still engage in the practice. Not every instance of texting and driving results in an accident, but for those that do the injuries can be catastrophic. For this reason, it is imperative to bring awareness to the issue and to take steps to prevent the activity and to avoid accidents.
Important facts and lessons to learn from texting and driving accidents include the following three things:
- The chance of being in an accident if you are texting while driving is 23% more than for drivers that do not text and drive. This could be the reason more car wrecks are happening, and there does not seem to be a slowdown on the horizon.
- The amount of time it takes to refocus your attention after sending or reading a text is a matter of seconds. This means that an accident from texting and driving can happen quickly, with very little time for the driver to react. The results can be catastrophic because when accidents happen fast, the chance to make an evasive maneuver or slowdown is significantly decreased.
- Half a million injuries are caused by texting and driving, a number which could be greatly reduced if drivers put down their phones while behind the wheel. Many states have enacted laws that make it illegal to engage in this dangerous activity, but most of the laws are too new to tell if there has been any real impact.
The problem has reached such epidemic proportions, that some say it is more likely to occur than driving while intoxicated. What all of this means for motorists is that the likelihood of being in an accident are great. If you have been in an accident and believe texting while driving contributed to the wreck, you should take steps to hold the driver accountable for their actions. Contact our office to find out how.
If you have been in an accident and have questions, call us for answers. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.