Texting and driving

The Effects of Texting While Driving

According to the National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die, and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Regardless of age or driving experience, it's best to keep your phone out of your hands when driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even if it's for two seconds, can double your chances of getting into an accident. For those who are always tempted and can't seem to find the willpower to stay off of their cellular devices when driving, there are apps you can download on your phone to help avoid this habit. For others who don't struggle as much, try putting your phone in harder-to-access places, such as your purse in the backseat or the trunk.

Consequences of Texting While Driving

We all know the dangers associated with texting and driving, but what about the components that are associated with these behaviors?

Criminal Penalties

Texting and driving is illegal in most states across the US. Some states are more lenient than others when it comes to the usage of a hands-free device and have a set of exceptions as to when it's okay to use it when driving. Serious fines may be enforced if someone is caught texting or using a mobile device while driving. If it causes an accident, penalties can be more serious, especially if someone has been badly injured or killed.

Causing an Accident

A driver who is distracted is more likely to be involved in an accident than one who is not. Looking down for two seconds going at least 55mph is equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Distracted drivers are two times more likely to be involved in a serious accident. This not only means serious injuries caused to themselves but potentially harmful to motorcyclists or the passengers of their car.

Higher Insurance Costs

Insurance rates are directly related to a driver's driving history. After accumulating a certain amount of citations or points on their record, insurance rates are likely to go up.

Lost Driving Privileges

After a certain amount of points accumulated on a driving record, they are privy to losing their driving privileges through a suspended or revoked license.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact the skilled team at Vahdat & Associates today to discuss the details of your case by calling (888) 523-1698 or by filling out the online contact form. We understand what you are going through and are here to help you get the financial recovery you deserve.