Texting While Driving Becoming an Alarming Epidemic

Texting While Driving Becoming an Alarming Epidemic

You’ve probably heard that texting while driving is unsafe, but it is important to understand the extent of the problem. Texting while driving is only one of the ways in which distracted driving has manifested itself as an epidemic on our roadways, and is becoming responsible for more and more collisions, injuries, and deaths each year.

Every day, an estimated that 11% of drivers use their phones while driving at any given time. According to the United States Department of Transportation, cell phone use while driving is responsible for more than 6,000 deaths, over 500,000 injuries, and 1.6 million car crashes each year. Sending and reading text messages alone makes individuals 23% more likely to be involved in a collision than other drivers and, according to The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, an individual is six times more likely to get into a crash than intoxicated drivers.

These statistics are alarming, and it is easy to see how big the problem is just by looking at current news. For example, a NY Limo Driver Caught Texting and Driving was caught texting on his phone while driving a party bus down a New York highway, endangering his 45 passengers. In other news, a Connecticut Bus Driver Caught Texting and Driving was captured on video constantly looking down at her phone while driving a bus full of people.

In order to address the problem, 14 states have responded with new laws that forbid the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, and 46 states, including D.C. and U.S. territories, have banned text messaging for all drivers.

Distracted driving presents a very real, unacceptable threat to property and human life. The FCC is currently working with industry, safety, and government organizations to educate the public about the problem and to identify new ways to reduce incidences of distracted driving. Even wireless carrier AT&T® has created the It Can Wait campaign, touting the slogan “Your life is worth more than a selfie.”

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, we understand just how frustrating and difficult this time in your life can be. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping personal injury victims exercise their rights to claim compensation for their injuries. You should not have to pay the cost of another person’s negligent behavior.

Allow us to put our over 40 year legacy of success to work for you.For a free consultation, contact a Springfield personal injury lawyer at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. today to begin reviewing your case.