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The Texting While Driving Epidemic

Texting while driving is a major problem across the United States and, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), about 1.6 million crashes are caused by cell phone use every year and nearly 390,000 injuries are sustained. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that, in 2017, 3,166 lives were lost as a result of this dangerous habit. If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who was texting while driving, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you recover compensation.

The Startling Statistics

It can be tempting to quickly reply to a text message while you are driving, but doing so will put your life and the lives of others at risk.

Here are some statistics that can help shed some light on the dangers of this epidemic:

  • The NSC estimates that 40% of all American teens have been in a car when a driver was texting
  • Consumer Reports stated that 48% of all teens have seen their parents texting while driving
  • The National Occupant Protection use conducted a study that revealed women are more likely than men to use a cell phone while driving
  • Even using a hands-free device while driving is dangerous and severely delays a driver’s reaction, according to the NSC
  • It is estimated that more than 3,000 teens die in motor vehicle accidents caused by texting while driving every year
  • According to the NHTSA, every day, about 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle

Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents

Teens are at a particularly high risk for these types of accidents, so parents should always lead by example and refrain from using a cell phone while driving. If you know you cannot resist the temptation of answering your phone, consider turning it off or using an app that turns off all of your notifications while you are driving. If a call or text is an emergency, pull over somewhere safe and take care of it before you resume driving. Lastly, always make sure you speak up if you are in a car with someone who texts while driving.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today!

Texting while driving is dangerous and injures or claims the lives of thousands every year. If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by a driver who texted while behind the wheel, you need an attorney on your side to help you secure compensation. At Anderson Boutwell Traylor, our team has over 60 years of collective legal experience, so you can rely on our ability to assist you.

Contact our office today at (985) 796-2245 to request a complimentary case review. You will not owe us any fees until we win your case.