Don’t Text Your Way Into A Motor Vehicle Accident
Sure, you’re able to multitask as you crunch down on snacks while typing a paper or talk on the phone whilst reading your emails. What’s the worst that could happen? Maybe spill a few crumbs on the keyboard or lose track of the phone conversation. But, just because you can multitask during these small instances doesn’t mean you can multitask behind the wheel. Texting while driving isn’t multitasking – it’s driving blind.
Driving a vehicle is a serious responsibility that you should devote all of your attention to. Using a cell phone while driving can significantly affect your ability to maintain the proper speed, slow your reaction time, reduce your awareness of other drivers, and impair your ability to keep a safe following distance. According to Adcouncil.org, a texting driver is twenty-three times more likely to get into a car accident than a driver who doesn’t text.
Although the use of a cell phone while driving is banned in Australia, unless the phone is placed in a cradle and untouched by the hands of the driver, many drivers ignore the law, despite the possibility of facing fines. According to a 2011 survey by the local mobile network Telstra, the number of drivers who text while driving increased by 12%.
Also, national research conducted by Pure Profile found that, of the 1,205 respondents, 91% admitted that they are aware that it’s illegal to text and drive, 24% admitted that they send a text out of habit, and 41% are too busy to pull over to the side of the road to send a text. In addition, research found that 89% said they would feel uncomfortable if they were a passenger and the driver was texting behind the wheel, and 83% said they would rethink their decision to text while driving if a friend or family member experienced a car accident due to a texting driver.
In an effort to reduce accidents caused by distracted drivers, other countries are enacting cell phone laws and increasing penalties. For example, in the U.S., currently 10 states ban the use of talking on a cell phone while driving, 32 states including the District of Columbia restrict the use of cell phones by novice drivers, and 39 states as well as the District of Columbia ban text messaging while driving.
If you find yourself involved in a car accident due to the result of a distracted driver, seek the legal help of an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer who will represent you and help you get the settlement you deserve.
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