This is a total no-brainer. Do not text and drive. Period.
There are three kinds of distracted driving: taking your hands off the wheel; letting your mind wander off what you are doing; and taking your eyes off the road. No matter which distraction you indulge in, and some people do all three at once, the potential to wind up seriously injured or dead looms each time you text, or go webbing while driving.
The leading cause of death on the highways these days is texting while driving; a fact which is not much of a surprise given the huge media coverage of every death by texting news story. It’s not just the media that are warning the public about the dangers of distracted driving; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are also sounding alarm bells with a recent report that shows texting causing 25 percent of all accidents, injures 330,000 a year, increases your chances of a wreck by 23 times and is six times more dangerous than drunken driving.
Shocking news, isn’t it? Or perhaps not, as any right thinking American citizen realizes that taking their eyes off the road is asking for trouble. Or do they? If the CDC’s number indicate anything, they show people are not thinking about the consequences of their actions. And so, hundreds have been maimed and killed because they were texting or webbing. What is wrong with that picture? What is so important that it cannot wait and save a life?
Despite campaigns to make people aware of how dangerous texting/webbing is, year-after-year the accident statistics climb. Being perpetually connected is not necessarily a good thing, as the number of deaths and serious injuries so clearly point out. Consider this: if you take your eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds, the time it takes to read a text message, and you’re driving at 55 mph, you have travelled the full length of a football field, of 100 yards, without seeing where you are going. Any wonder why accidents that kill happen when you drive blind?
The bottom line is that texting/webbing accidents are the second largest cause of preventable deaths today. They also cost the economy, meaning you, the taxpayers, over $100 billion yearly. If you have been in an accident where the other driver was texting or webbing, get in touch with a competent and knowledgeable Austin personal injury lawyer. You may wish to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, medications and so forth.
Bobby Lee is an Austin personal injury lawyer for Lee, Gober and Reyna. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin injury attorney from Lee, Gober and Reyna. Visit RWLeelaw.com.