While sending a text may seem like a quick, harmless action, it can have dire consequences if it’s done while driving. Sending one text while driving at 55mph can take a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds. By that time and at that speed, the car has traveled the entire length of a football field, all with the driver’s eyes not on the road. Texting and driving is a serious distraction and should not be taken lightly. Learn why someone’s text can change your life in a moment, and what you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured each day because of distracted driving. While there are many types of distractions while driving, using a mobile phone while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of driving distractions:
- Visual: Takes the driver’s eyes off the road.
- Manual: Takes the driver’s hands off the steering wheel.
- Cognitive: Takes the driver’s focus away from driving.
Most U.S. states have passed laws and regulations restricting texting and driving. In New York state, there is a ban on texting and on the use of hand-held devices while driving for all drivers, regardless of age.
Drivers who are caught texting and driving may face stiff penalties and fines, including the ones below:
- Large fines.
- License suspension.
- Rise in car insurance rates and premiums.
- Prison time.
You can be an active participant in reducing distracted driving in your community and for your loved ones. Teens can have their friends sign a pledge never to drive distracted; parents can set an example for their children by putting away all devices while driving; educators and employers can spread the word at their workplace about the dangers of distracted driving.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, don’t let your rights get violated. Our personal injury attorneys at Loscalzo & Loscalzo can hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. We’ve successfully helped accident victims throughout New York and Long Island since 1969, and we’re here to fight for you.
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