Today’s cell phones are capable of doing so much more than calling and coupled with the demands of modern life, almost all communication is centered on this one device. With it has come a new trend of texting, both for work purposes and in personal relationships. While there has always been an understanding that texts can wait while a person is driving, unfortunately the number of texting and driving accidents that has occurred over the years shows that this is not the case for many people.
The Risks of Texting and Driving
Some drivers may think that it is okay to text when the road ahead is clear of if they are at a red light. They may even have done it a few times without consequence. However, the truth is that it takes some time for the human mind to refocus after sending a text. Texting not only requires taking your eyes off the road, but some mental concentration while you figure out a reply. Humans simply are not wired to multitask to this extent, and these precious few seconds of mental recalibration can cause an accident. Just think about it: within the three seconds it takes your mind to adjust back to the road, you would have traveled the length of a soccer field!
Preventing Texting and Driving Accidents
While you cannot control other drivers’ decisions to text and drive, what you can do on your part is to stay as alert and focused as possible. Below are some simple steps you can take:
- Always stay focused on the road while driving. That way, you are poised to react immediately if road conditions change or if a vehicle near you starts moving erratically.
- Set rules about driving within your family. If you have children who are reaching or at an age where they can start driving lessons, inculcate these habits from the start.
Many avoidable accidents happen annually as a result of driving and texting. With a little precaution on all our parts, we can prevent further accidents from occurring.
Hire A Car Accident Attorney Following a Texting and Driving Accident
If you have been the victim of a texting and driving accident, the best way of obtaining justice and maximizing compensation would be to engage a car accident attorney. No doubt there would be at least one liable party in such an accident, and the compensation you are entitled to can extend beyond medical bills to include loss of wages, pain and suffering, auto repairs and more.
When you engage our services, our experienced and competent lawyers from Corradino & Papa, LLC, will fight tirelessly in your best interests to obtain the justice due to you. We understand the emotional turmoil that can follow an accident and will work with you to maximize the compensation you receive. If you would like to discuss a case, please feel free to contact us
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