Texting while driving is distracted driving, and it is so dangerous that 46 states, including Florida, have banned texting while driving. Distracted driving causes accidents, leading to injuries and even death. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3154 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2013.
Texting While Driving Creates Distractions
A distraction diverts your attention from safely operating a motor vehicle on a roadway and decreases your ability to react to dangers that might confront you. Distractions can be visual, cognitive or manual.
Texting While Driving Impairs Driving Ability
A visual distraction occurs if you take your eyes off of the road to use your device. A cognitive distraction occurs if you think of something other than driving. A manual distraction results if you take at least one hand off of the steering wheel. Texting while driving involves all three of these distractions and impair driving ability.
Texting While Driving Causes Accidents
Texting and distracted driving accidents occur regularly. Accidents resulting from texting while driving can involve one or several vehicles. They can involve pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. The common thread in all of these accidents is that they’re all preventable. Texting while driving is distracted, inattentive and negligent driving.
Involved in an Accident? Know Your Rights
Innocent victims of accidents resulting from reckless or negligent behavior have a right to compensation. By filing a personal injury claim right away, you’re protecting your right to receive compensation from the person who thought that texting was more important than driving.
Contact the Khonsari Law Group After a Car Accident
Call us at (727) 269-5300, or use our online contact form to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll work to preserve the evidence in the case and begin the necessary legal procedures in seeking compensation for your injuries.