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How Dangerous Is It to Text While Driving?

How Dangerous Is It to Text While Driving?

There are many forms of distracted driving, but studies show that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous types of distractions. Although it only takes a few seconds to read a text, send a message, or answer a call, a few seconds is all it takes to cause a car crash. Our Texas car accident attorneys have put together shocking statistics about the dangers of texting and driving.

Statistics About the Dangers of Texting & Driving

Although the government has implemented many laws to prevent texting and driving accidents and increase the use of hand-free devices, it continues to cause thousands of car accidents every year. Below are some shocking statistics about the dangers of texting while driving:

  • Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, according to the National Safety Council.
  • Nearly 390,000 people are injured every year because of texting and driving.
  • A National Occupant Protection Use Survey reports that handheld cell phone use continues to be highest among 16-24-year-old drivers.
  • More than nine percent of fatal crashes in the United States in the past seven years involved a distracted driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Studies show that of all cell phone-related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity that could lead to an accident.
  • According to a AAA poll, 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
  • Twenty-one percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
  • Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into texting and driving car accidents.

Seeking Compensation After a Car Accident

If you or your loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you can seek compensation for your loss. When a person decides to text and drive, they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. Therefore, they should be held accountable for the cause of any injuries and property damage. If you were in a car accident, contact our Texas car accident attorneys. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact Daspit Law Firm today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case review!