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The Dangers of Texting While Driving

 Posted on February 15,2018 in Car Accidents

Plainfield texting and driving accident lawyerIn the past few decades, the use of the phones has greatly evolved in society. While phones used to be large devices connected to the wall with a cord, in which we communicated with others through a mouthpiece, they are now small, powerful computers which we carry in our pockets or purses, allowing us to call others no matter where we are. For many, the ability to send a quick text message through our fingertips is an even faster and more convenient method of communication. However, the constant presence of cell phones and the ease of sending a quick message has led many to attempt to do so while they drive, and this has proven to be a very dangerous activity that can greatly increase the likelihood of a car accident occurring.

What Is at Stake When Texting and Driving?

Many people believe that texting or using their phone while driving is not an issue, since they are so good at multitasking that they can do so without causing their driving ability to suffer. However, this type of distracted driving actually puts both themselves and others in extreme danger. 

Texting while driving causes three types of distractions: (1) a visual distraction in which a driver takes their eyes off the road, (2) a manual distraction in which they take their hands off the steering wheel, and (3) a cognitive distraction in which they take their attention off the road. The combination of these three factors can result in a driver missing important information about what is going on around them and being unable to react in time, and even a moment’s distraction or hesitation can lead to a deadly collision.

Car Accident Statistics Associated with Distracted Driving

Every day in the United States, at least eight people are killed in crashes involving distracted driving, and more than 1,000 people are injured. This adds up to more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries every year. This trend shows no sign of stopping; at a typical point in time during the day, there are 660,000 people across the country who are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving.

Call a Plainfield, IL Car Accident Lawyer

While people are aware of the dangers of texting or using cell phones while driving, many still continue to do so, presenting a serious danger to everyone who uses the road. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver’s distracted driving, you can rely on Flaherty Law, LLC to help you receive the compensation that will address the wrongs that you have suffered. For a free initial consultation, please call a Will County personal injury attorney at 815-577-7500 to get the assistance you deserve. 


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