Texting While Driving Accidents

As it requires manual, visual, and cognitive function, texting is one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction. Unfortunately, texting while driving is a common occurrence today.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We are committed to protecting your interests and pursuing full compensation for your injuries.

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What Makes Texting While Driving So Dangerous?

Sending or reading a text message on your iPhone, Blackberry or other smartphone takes your eyes off the road for five seconds at a time. At 55 mph, that is the equivalent of having your eyes closed while driving the length of a football field. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main types of driver distraction, all of which are required for texting:

  • Manual (removing your hands off the wheel)
  • Visual (taking your eyes off the road)
  • Cognitive (taking your mind off driving or daydreaming)

Texting While Driving Facts

TeenSafe provides the following facts about texting and driving:

  • Every day, 11 teenagers die in texting while driving accidents.
  • Texting while driving can slow brake reaction speed by up to 18%.
  • 26% of all motor vehicle crashes are related to the use of cell phones.
  • More than 330,000 severe injury crashes are caused by texting and driving every year.
  • Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a crash than driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Cell phone use is involved in 1.6 million traffic crashes a year, causing 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries.
  • One out of every four traffic crashes in the U.S. is caused by cell phone use.
  • 35% of teens polled admit to texting while driving.
  • 25% of teens report that they answer a text one or more times every time they drive.
  • 20% of teens and 10% of parents admit to having multi-message text conversations behind the wheel.
  • 77% of adults and 55% of teenage drivers believe they can easily manage texting while driving.
  • 82% of American teens have cell phones and 32% of those teens with phones text on the road.

What to Do After a Texting While Driving Accident

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, get immediate medical attention for your injuries then call an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you pursue compensation. You may be entitled to recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses, past and future
  • Lost wages and lost future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, past and future
  • Emotional or mental trauma

Connect with Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C.

Texting while driving is a dangerous driver behavior that can cause serious injuries or death. If you have been hurt in a texting while driving accident, call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to schedule a consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.

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