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Why Texting While Driving is So Dangerous

Texting while operating a vehicle is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors, and also illegal. Despite the risks it poses, however, many drivers continue to disregard the law, creating the potential for accidents that can cause serious injuries or fatality.

Although reading or sending a text might only take five seconds, the time frame is long enough for a motor vehicle accident to happen. According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, texting while driving actually doubles the chances of a car crash occurring. When a driver’s focus is on their phone, it also triples the risk that they will drive over a curb/divider, collide with a tree or strike a sign on the roadway.

Distractions for drivers are divided into three distinct categories, and texting falls into each one. The three types of driver distractions include the following:

  • Visual — Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road is considered a visual distraction. Reading or sending a text can divert a driver’s attention from their surroundings. The visual distraction of texting while driving increases the chances that the driver will swerve into another lane or fail to see an oncoming hazard in time to avoid it.
  • Manual — Manual distractions are those that require a driver to take their hands off the steering wheel. When drivers do not have both hands on the wheel, they may be slower to react and have difficulty controlling the vehicle.
  • Cognitive — Cognitive distractions are defined as anything that takes a driver’s mind off the road or the operation of their vehicle. When a driver is engaged in texting, their attention is focused on their phone and the conversation rather than the task of driving.

Using voice to text while driving can also be just as dangerous as traditional texting. While a driver’s hands may not need to hold the phone while using this option, texting by voice dictation can still cause visual and cognitive distractions and decrease a driver’s response time.

If you suffered injuries in a car accident due to a driver’s texting while operating their vehicle, you may be entitled to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s crucial to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side who can assess your case and advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. Leland Reinhard Law Firm, located in Cleburne, is committed to providing dependable representation for car accident victims in Texas. Call 817-645-5400 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.