Just How Dangerous is Texting and Driving?
Recently in Wake County, a man was cited for texting while driving and is expected to face criminal charges based on the death he caused when he took his attention off the road and onto his phone. While he was texting, he ran into the back of another vehicle on U.S. Highway 64. The car that was hit was occupied by a man, his wife and their 16-year-old daughter. The woman was killed and the 16-year-old seriously injured and had to be cared for in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.
Not long ago, a 32-year-old woman was texting friends about how happy she was when she lost control. Her car crossed the median and slammed head-on into a truck. The truck driver was uninjured, but the happy woman was killed.
These are only two examples out of hundreds that occur every year. In North Carolina and across the nation, people die with some regularity in car crashes because one of the drivers was distracted by texting. If you were injured in a car accident where a driver was texting, or someone you love was killed by a texting driver, call one of our greater Charlotte metropolitan area personal injury and car accident lawyers at Campbell & Associates. We offer a free confidential consultation.
Statistics Confirming the Danger of Texting and Driving
Nearly half of all adult drivers admit to texting and driving even though they know it is dangerous. This cavalier attitude needs to change and awareness needs to increase about the actual dangers and risks to life that come with texting and driving.
- Texting while driving interferes with three major driving skills: it takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel and mind off the act of driving.
- Reading a text takes an average of five seconds. If the driver is going 55 miles per hour, this is the time it takes to drive the entire length of a football field, including the end zones.
- Every single day in the U.S., eight people are killed and 1,161 injured by a distracted driver. The major distraction is texting while driving.
- There is up to a 16 percent increase in the risk of a fatal accident when the driver is texting.
Being involved in any traffic accident may be life-changing. When the accident was caused by someone who was breaking the law and negligently texting while driving, the anger and frustration are compounded. Contact Campbell & Associates today to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Experts available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so call us now at 704.333.0885.
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