Texting and Driving Kills

Texting and Driving Lawsuit

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers and 424,000 were injured. While distracted driving involves many activities, tasks associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices – texting and driving, for instance – increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. This includes things such as eating, drinking, changing the radio station, applying make-up, brushing your hair, talking to others in the car, along with texting, emailing and talking on the phone.

The Center for Disease Control defines three types of distractions:

  • Visual, where you take your eyes off the road
  • Manual, where you take your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive, where your mind is not on your driving

Texting while driving involves all three types of distractions — visual, manual, and cognitive — making it an extremely dangerous driving behavior.

Five Seconds to Text Can be Deadly

The average text message takes about five seconds to respond to. If you are driving, that means five seconds when your eyes are off the road, five seconds when your hand or hands are off the wheel and five seconds when your mind is not thinking about driving.

No Texting and DrivingIn those five seconds, your car (traveling at an average speed of 55 mph) can go the length of a football field.

Those five seconds — taken to simply respond to a text message — can lead to catastrophic results such as brain injuries, broken backs and other fractures, internal injuries, disfigurement, paralysis, and fatalities to both the texter as well as other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

Texting and Driving Among Teens

It is especially important for young drivers to be educated. They are in the process of developing their driving skills and oftentimes may think they are immune to such negligent behavior; however, according to a CDC study, this age group has the largest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

  • Ten percent of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • A quarter of teens, respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

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