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THE DANGERS OF TEXTING AND DRIVING

It seems that everyone is talking about distracted driving these days. It is no wonder. It’s become a serious problem. Only a few years ago, texting was new on the horizon, and only the kids were doing it. Now, even those of us in the older realm are very fast texters. Not fast enough to avoid an accident, though. Here are a few statistics to make you stop and think before you grab that phone:

  1. 57% of Americans admit to texting while driving. “Admit” to it… but the numbers may be much higher. Just pay attention when you drive down the road and you will see people all around you with a phone in hand.
  2. Well over half a million drivers are on the road with a phone in hand at any given moment in time in this country.
  3. Red light texting is now an issue, as more and more people wait until they are sitting in traffic to send that quick response.
  4. 75% admit to distracted driving.
  5. 19% admit to web-surfing while driving.
  6. Because of this, 80% of crashes and 65% of near-misses are due to distracted driving.
  7. 11% of drivers under the age of 20 who died in accidents were using phones.
  8. According to the FCC, 8 people die and over 1,100 are injured every day due to distracted driving. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) claims that 3,477 people died in 2015 for this reason, and another 391,000 (yes, there are three zeroes there!)  were injured in 2015 as or by distracted drivers.
  9. Use of a cell phone, whether in hand or hands-free, distracts a driver such that the driving ability is impaired the same as if they were drinking and impaired at 0.08%.

These numbers are staggering. Even if you are not using your devices, you could become a victim of someone who is. If you simply watch those around you, the numbers of cars crossing center lines or side lines are enough to keep you awake. Defensive driving is more important now than ever.

If you struggle with this, put your phone in the trunk. Set it to drive mode and let it wait until you arrive safely at your destination. There is no message worth your safe arrival. One generation back, when one left home, one wouldn’t receive communication all day. The answering machine at home held the voices of those who needed to speak to you. Our lifestyles involve constant contact now, but actually, very little contact is involved. Texting has become the main source of messaging because it is convenient. You don’t even have to stop and hold a focused conversation. You can pull out the phone, check and answer a text, and move on while doing other things.

Just remember that driving should NOT be one of the other things. Shut it off, put it away, and then drive to your destination. Your safety, as well as the safety of others, is paramount and should not be taken for granted.

The Bruce Edwards Law Firm has built a reputation in Douglas, Georgia as an honest and dedicated personal injury attorney. We have helped numerous clients in the area get the compensation they need without all the headache of going through the red tape. Call us today at 912-384- 5700 or visit www.edwardsworkerscomplaw.com and let us represent you.

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