Now that well over 90% of Americans own cell phones, distracted driving studies show a troubling correlation between cell phones and car crashes. In fact, research suggests that texting while driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving. Texting while driving and other distractions on the road carry an extremely high risk of causing a serious or fatal car wreck.
Is Texting More Dangerous Than Drinking and Driving?
Various studies have shown how dangerous texting while driving is for all motorists. One study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Other studies have found similar results. Multiple tests have found that drivers in the act of texting had significantly slower reaction times than those who were intoxicated. One study stated that texting drivers react 23 percent slower than intoxicated drivers do.
However, the results are not clear, and some sources dispute these claims and argue that drunk driving is still more dangerous than texting while driving. One major university stated that alcohol use increases the risk of a fatal crash by approximately seven times that of sober driving, and is still more hazardous than cell phone use.
The disagreements over whether texting while driving is worse than drunk driving is ultimately irrelevant. The difference is that many people are unaware of the extreme dangers of texting while driving, and drivers continue this behavior on a regular basis throughout the country.
What Does This Research Mean For Motorists?
Texting can always wait until you arrive at your destination, or simply pull over to the side of the road. Texting while driving means that drivers’ eyes are looking down on the phone and not the road, their hands are on the phone and not the wheel, and their minds are on the text messages, not prudent driving. Many drivers mistakenly think they are fully capable of safely texting while driving—until something terrible happens in a split second.
Regardless of whether a driver receives a traffic citation for texting when a car wreck occurs, victims of distracted drivers can always pursue legal action. If a driver was using a cell phone at the time of the crash or was otherwise negligent, that driver will be responsible for your injuries and property damage.
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At Stewart Law Offices, we focus on defending victims of serious injury. We understand that after a car crash or other serious accident, your injuries may make seeking legal assistance difficult or even impossible, so our attorneys can travel to the hospital or your home anytime to provide you with a free consultation about your legal options. Our injury attorneys know that both texting while driving as well as drunk driving are extremely hazardous, and we work to get victims the compensation they need. Talk to our lawyers anytime by calling our office or filling out the contact form on our site for free attorney advice about car accidents.