In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes! Five seconds is the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you’re texting and driving. Think about this…If you’re traveling at 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. Texting while driving increases your risk of crashing by 23 times.
We all know that texting is a huge temptation for teens – especially when driving. Thirteen percent of teen driver
s involved in car wrecks admitted to texting or talking in their phone at the time of the accident. And while many young drivers believe that they can safely text and drive, it is a problem for the driver, passengers in the vehicle, and other cars on the road.
But it’s not just an issue with teen drivers. Forty eight percent of teens have been in the car while the driver was texting. And according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, adults between the ages of 25 to 39 show a higher tendency of texting while driving. So how do they justify it?
- They allow more distance between cars
- they only text at a red light or stop sign
- They hold the phone near the windshield for “better visibility”
- And reading a text is safer that writing and sending one, right?
The total number of drivers in both age groups who reported texting and emailing while behind the wheel “fairly often or regularly” was much lower last year, according to the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index report.
In Georgia, all drivers under the age of 18 are banned from cell phone use while behind the wheel. Likewise, school bus drivers cannot use a cell phone while loading or unloading passengers, nor while the bus is in motion. And ALL drivers, regardless of age, are banned from TEXTING while behind the wheel. So put your phones down and keep your eyes on the road!
If you’ve been a victim to a texting-while-driving accident, contact our dedicated accident attorneys. With extensive knowledge and experience in auto collision cases, our lawyers can effectively represent the victim’s interests, while ensuring that the injured party is fully aware of their options at every step in the case. Contact the Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954 for an immediate consultation with an Atlanta Auto Attorney. We offer a FREE initial case evaluation to help you understand your rights. Our no fee promise ensures that if our law firm does not recover anything, you will not owe us any fees.