Several activities can be classified under distracted driving, including texting, eating and drinking, taking care of a child and using gadgets. Most recently, implemented laws focus specifically on gadget distractions. These include texting, calling or the use of cellphones in general. This problem is quite common in young adults and teens. The use of smartphones while driving has peaked as smartphone ownership has grown.
Texting is an exceptionally dangerous distraction. Text messaging requires your visual, physical and cognitive attention. Hence, when a driver is texting while on the road, his or her attention is almost completely diverted away from the road. Distracted driving may even cause fatal accidents if the driver is not careful.
It is our social and moral responsibility to use technology in a way that does not harm those around us. Texting while driving poses a serious threat to the driver, fellow motorists and pedestrians. The fact that you become 23 times more likely to experience an accident while texting and driving is not just a mere coincidence. Studies show that observed incidents of text messaging or operating mobile devices while driving increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.
If you or someone you love has recently suffered an injury in a crash due to distracted driving, you may wish to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can work on your behalf to help you receive compensation for the damages and expenses you faced, including lost wages and medical expenses.