You hear it time and time again: Texting and driving is dangerous. And while you understand it to be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that every driver on the road is taking the same level of caution with the hopes of preventing an accident.
Here is why texting and driving is so dangerous:
- You take your hand or hands off the wheel: No matter how you look at it, texting requires you to take at least one hand off the steering wheel. And when you do that, you’re losing some of your control, which increases the risk of an accident.
- You take your eyes off the road: Just as dangerous as removing your hands from the steering wheel, you remove your eyes from the road ahead and the action around you. For instance, if someone stops in front of you, you may not see it until it’s too late.
- You take your mind off driving: Texting requires you to concentrate on the message itself, which takes your mind off the task at hand.
When you text and drive, all of these things come into play. When you add all three together, there’s no wondering why texting and driving has the potential to cause an accident.
If you’re injured in a texting and driving accident caused by someone else, immediately call 911 to explain your situation. Let them know where you are, if you’re injured and what happened leading up to the crash.
It’s the steps you take right away that will impact your health, recovery and ability to seek compensation for your damages.