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Hazards of Texting While Driving Becoming Greater

Just more than a decade ago, parents and teachers were warning teen drivers about the dangers of talking on their cell phones while driving. While this is still a serious distraction, it's hardly the activity that safety professionals, parents, and educators are most worried about today. Today's smart phones are made for so much more than voice conversation. In fact, most teens rarely talk on the phone, instead opting for convenient text messages, snaps, and posts on social media. Behind the wheel, these activities are beginning to result in greater dangers on our roads than ever before.

In 2014 alone, nearly 3,200 people were killed by distracted drivers and another 431,000 others were injured, according to Distraction.gov. These alarming statistics showcase the hazards of distracted driving, while also highlighting the importance of working with a qualified personal injury attorney in George in the event that a distracted driver kills or injures someone that you love.

Hazards of texting while driving

The hazards of texting while driving are serious, and also incredibly likely to occur. The top risks of distracted driving include:

  • Causing a motor vehicle accident
  • Causing an accident that results in one or more injuries
  • Causing an accident that results in one or more fatalities.

Distracted driving is considered to be negligent in the court of law. People who are texting while driving and ultimately cause an accident, injury or death can be held criminally responsible for the consequences of their actions. In addition to the immediate impact of the accident, additional hazards of texting while driving include financial hardship, emotional distress and legal ramifications.

Teaching drivers the importance of Focusing on the road

One of the best ways to thwart the rise in distracted driving accidents, particularly those associated with texting while driving, is to raise awareness about the issue. Many safety experts, automobile makers, governmental entities, educators and parent organizations have created campaigns designed to show drivers the real impact, in hopes of preventing this harmful and dangerous habit.

In one Wisconsin high school, educators decided to take the message to another level. According to an article published in the Washington Post, the principal, teachers and student council organization at the high school created a plan to shock students and help them understand the real ramifications of texting while driving. They began one day of classes by announcing that several students in the school had died in a car accident, and the accident had been caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel. Students were visibly shaken and disturbed by the supposed loss of their classmates, but ultimately were told that their classmates were alive and well. It was all a ploy to get students to understand the importance of keeping their hands on the wheel rather than on their keypad.

Taking action in the event a distracted driving accident

Too many people have been negatively impacted by drivers who text while driving. Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident may be eligible for compensation from the insurance company covering the driver. An experienced Georgia attorney who specializes in personal injury law can help you collect the necessary evidence in order to prove your case and receive the financial compensation need during this traumatic personal experience. Texting while driving is inexcusable, and victims should not be forced to deal with the consequences on their own.

Everyone needs to play their part in stopping distracted driving

In a world that emphasizes immediate responses and offers so many different distractions, it can be hard for young drivers to understand the importance of operating a vehicle without attempting to multi-task. However, it's critical that safety professionals, law enforcement agencies, parents and teachers take the time necessary to explain the hazards of texting while driving and to outline the very real consequences of those actions.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a distracted driving accident, contact our team of qualified attorneys today. We will provide you with the guidance you need as you maneuver through the legal system and work tirelessly to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call us now.

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