The prevalence of texting and driving is one of the most talked-about safety issues that faces Americans today. Phone use behind the wheel is so hazardous because it completely distracts you from the task of driving. When you text and drive, your eyes, hands, and mind are all on your phone instead of the road.
Using your phone while operating a vehicle is something that no driver should ever do. The dangers of texting and driving are far too common, and far too significant to ignore. Nothing on your phone is worth endangering yourself and the other drivers on the road.
Texting and Driving: The Facts
Texting and driving is consistently cited as one of the most dangerous things a person can do on the road, and the statistics on the behavior prove its hazards.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,166 people were killed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2017.
- The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that all cell phone use while driving — even hands-free devices — increase the likelihood of being involved in a collision by four times.
- Twenty-five percent of car accidents involve cell phone use (NSC).
Injuries that can be Caused by Texting and Driving
Because texting and driving accidents involve a driver being completely distracted and often occur at high speeds, the damage can be devastating. Texting and driving can lead to incidents such as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and sideswipe accidents.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Tissue damage
The injuries sustained in accidents caused by a driver who was texting are often severe and can be fatal. Contact Klenofsky Law Firm if you were injured in a vehicle collision, or if someone in your family died in a car accident that was caused by another driver. We offer free consultations to discuss how we can help you recover compensation following an injury.
To schedule your no-cost case evaluation, call 816-865-5700 or use our message form. We are available 24/7, and can visit you at home or in the hospital if needed.