Driving and Texting – A Dangerous Combination

Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP Nov. 26, 2014

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous, even more so than driving under the influence of alcohol. Known as “TWD,” injury lawyers are seeing more cases involving texting while driving than ever before. It is a frequent cause of traffic accidents among young people, many of whom believe that texting, reading email, and talking on the phone do not affect their ability to drive.

TWD Statistics

Texting while driving has increased exponentially over the past few years. According to the NHTSA, TWD and distracted driving now accounts for up to 1.5 million car accidents per year and 18% of all fatal incidents overall, with texting making a crash 23% more likely.1

TWD causes significant distraction, more than any other distracting activity; it reduces driver attention and reaction time. A driver’s awareness and ability to react is substantially reduced by texting, which makes an accident 6 times more likely to happen than driving while intoxicated.2 Braking reaction is slowed up to 18%, which is equivalent to driving blind for 5 seconds at a time2. At any given moment, up to 800,000, mostly teen and young adult drivers, are texting while driving.

Drivers Who TWD

Texting while driving is not limited to younger people, although studies reveal that people aged 27 and below account for the majority of accidents caused by TWD. Drivers 20 to 44 years of age account for 14% of those who text while driving and half of all teens who drive admit to texting while driving. These young drivers believe it is easy to text and drive safely.2 Unfortunately, crash statistics suggest otherwise and injury lawyers are seeing more cases than ever resulting from TWD.

TWD – Awareness and the Law

Awareness campaigns stress the importance of “Don’t Text and Drive” every day. Being aware of the problem of TWD is a first step in reducing texting while driving and the resulting damages. Many states have passed laws prohibiting TWD and many more are working to do the same. Aside from the potential for serious injury and/or death from accidents, injury lawyers warn that the penalties for texting while driving are significant.

A driver’s full attention is required while traveling and drivers must understand that texting while driving is a distraction that makes the safe operation of a vehicle nearly impossible.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone texting while driving, injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents caused by TWD are available. Consulting with an attorney experienced in this area of the law may indeed help you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.

1Motor Trend Magazine: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

2Texting and Driving Safety