Would you drive the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed on a public highway? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that is similar to what occurs when a motorist traveling at 55 miles per hour looks at their phone for just five seconds to send or view a text message. Thus, as you may expect, the consequences of texting and driving can be potentially fatal.
Over 29,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving from 2012 to 2020, according to the NHTSA. In fact, 3,142 lives were lost due to distracted driving in 2020 alone. Texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving in New York State, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Deciding not to text and drive is a very simple precaution that can help prevent fatalities caused by distracted driving. For some, however, that is easier said than done. To help, the NHTSA offers some tips for drivers:
It is important to be comfortable talking about the dangers of texting and driving because this activity can result in serious injury or even death.
If you were injured due to another driver’s decision to text and drive, you may be wondering what steps you should take to receive compensation for pain and suffering arising from your injuries. The experienced car accident attorneys at William Mattar, P.C. can review your case and help determine the best options for obtaining maximum compensation. Contact us 24/7 by reaching out online or by calling (844) 444-4444.