Despite the dangers of texting and driving being well-known, many motorists engage in the practice anyway. At Gardner & Rans P.C., we find this unacceptable. Our experienced car accident attorneys regularly deal with the consequences of texting and driving.
This blog breaks down some facts and statistics about distracted driving to show how dangerous it truly is. If you or a loved one were injured by a distracted driver, we will help you seek justice.
Texting and Driving Statistics
The National Safety Council offers many articles that provide research and statistics about distracted driving. Cell phone use has been identified as a dangerous distraction for drivers. Some interesting facts include:
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving causes 1.6 million crashes annually.
- 25 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving.
- About 390,000 people are injured every year in distracted driving accidents.
- Texting while driving kills about 4,000 Americans annually.
- Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.
- 21 percent of teen drivers in fatal accidents were distracted by their phones.
- A simulated driving study comparing passenger and cell phone conversations found that cell phone conversations were more demanding and distracting than a conversation with a passenger.
- The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states and Washington D.C. ban portable electronic devices for all drivers, including hands-free devices.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is not just hazardous while your vehicle is in motion. Many people believe it's safe to text or otherwise use their phones when they're stopped at a stoplight or stop sign. However, texting while your car is stopped is equally dangerous.
Research has shown that your brain takes about 27 seconds to focus back on driving after you look away from your phone. This means that, even if you're stopped, your mind will not be focused on the road by the time you start moving.
Indiana Texting and Driving Laws
Texting and driving is illegal in Indiana. Motorists under the age of 21 are also not allowed to make a phone call. The law is subject to primary enforcement, which means that a police officer is allowed to stop and ticket you if they see you do it.
These laws may also soon change. A bill in the Indiana House of Representatives would make it illegal for any motorist to hold a "wireless communications device." This would essentially outlaw making phone calls, changing the music on your phone, or inputting GPS directions while driving.
Contact Our Indiana Distracted Driving Attorneys Today
Distracted driving is reckless and dangerous. People who text and drive are putting the lives of innocent people at risk. If you were injured because of the actions of a distracted driver, the attorneys at Gardner & Rans P.C. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
We serve South Bend, Elkhart, Granger, La Porte, Mishawaka, and nearby areas of Indiana. Call (574) 233-6035 today to schedule a consultation.