Texting and Driving
Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyers
Cell phones have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. The ability
to instantly communicate with anybody at anytime may be convenient, but
unfortunately, it has also led to the growing epidemic of
distracted driving. Statistics show that
texting while driving causes a driver’s reaction time to deteriorate by 35% – significantly
worse those who consume alcohol at the legal limit, who drive with a 12%
The Dangers of Texting on the Road
Texting while driving has eclipsed drunk driving as the number one problem facing American motorists.
Researchers agree that we seem to have reached a point where no responsible
motorist would drink and drive, but plenty would text behind the wheel,
unaware that their actions can be even more dangerous than driving while
A recent study reveals that nearly half of all drivers between ages 18
and 24 admit to texting while driving. Every year, a full 21% of fatal
car accidents involving teenagers occur because of cell phone usage, and this percentage
is expected to grow by up to 4% every year.
Texting and Truck Accidents
Passenger car drivers are not the only ones endangering their fellow motorists
with chronic texting. An analysis by the Transportation Institute of Virginia
Tech reveals that truckers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved
in a truck accident. The study was conducted with video cameras that were
fitted to truck cabs, capturing the drivers’ faces in the brief
six-second period leading up to an accident (or a near miss).
Looking away from the road for any length of time over two seconds is considered
dangerous, but the cameras showed that truck drivers looked away for an
average of 4.6 seconds whenever they sent a text message.
A Conscious Decision
Much like drunk driving, texting while driving is a willful act that endangers
other people’s lives. If a texting driver causes an accident, they
can be held responsible for negligence. The financial, physical, and emotional
losses that car accident victims face can have repercussions for the rest
of their lives – all because a driver couldn’t wait to send a text.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident caused
by a texting driver, make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Please contact our experienced car accident lawyers at
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today to schedule a
free initial consultation.