Texting While Driving and Car Accidents
Texting while driving occurs when the driver is writing, sending, or reading text messages or emails, or making other similar use of the internet on a mobile device, while operating a motor vehicle, whether it is car, truck or train.
The texting while driving, according to experts and authorities is risky and dangerous. Specifically, negative effects were seen in detecting and responding correctly to road signs, detecting hazards, time spent with eyes off the road, and (only for sending text messages) lateral position.
CELL PHONE TASK
RISK OF CRASH OR NEAR EVENT CRASH
Light Vehicle Dialing
2.8 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Light Vehicle Talking/Listening
1.3 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Light Vehicle Reaching for object (i.e. electronic device...)
1.4 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Dialing
5.9 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Talking/Listening
1.0 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Use/Reach for electronic device
6.7 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Text messaging
23.2 times as high as non‐distracted driving
Texting while driving leads to increased distraction behind the wheel. A study by the AAA discovered that 46% of teens admitted to being distracted behind the wheel due to texting.
Studies have repeatedly shown that talking and texting on cell phones is a major cause of distracted driving, yet some people continue to put others at serious risk through this dangerous behavior. When these people cause accidents, they can be held accountable.
At Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm, experienced Dallas Fort Worth cell phone distraction related accident lawyer Shezad Malik and the rest of our team are dedicated to winning fair compensation for the victims of distracted driving.Was the Driver who hit You on the Phone Talking or Texting While Driving?
Texting while driving is even more dangerous than talking while driving, which is why the federal government has made it illegal for commercial truck drivers.
Both talking and texting have an impact on safety that is comparable to drunk drivers. Many states are now beginning to step in and restrict or ban these dangerous behaviors.
If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted texting driver, our attorneys will move quickly to obtain that person's cell phone records and other evidence so we can prove — to a jury if necessary — that his or her irresponsible behavior was the cause of your injuries.
Information and commentary provided by Dallas Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Dr Shezad Malik. The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm can be contacted in Dallas toll free at 214-390-3189. If you or a loved one has been injured from a truck accident, car crash or bus accident, please fill out our contact card for a free consultation.
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