Using a phone is a part of most people’s lives. We are constantly looking at our phones throughout the day, and even during the night when we should be asleep. It’s a pretty unhealthy relationship. But nevertheless, it’s a part of our lives. The one place where it is never safe to glance at the phone or even use it is on the road behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is the most dangerous place where you can text or message friends and family. It can wait. Your life and the lives of those around you are more important than a message.
A cell phone can lead to a serious accident. Many drivers admit to texting at the wheel, and it is evident all around us. Just glance at other drivers while stopped at a red light and you will see that most of them are glancing at their phones, texting. Some don’t even see the light change because they are distracted. In the city of New York, texting while driving can lead to a personal injury for you or someone else. According to a Pew survey, forty percent of all American teenagers say they have been in a vehicle when the driver used a cell phones in a way that put them all in danger. Phones are distracting in every way. There is no other way to say it. Texting and messaging while in the car can wait. It’s not worth the accident, because it can happen to you.
Many times, distracted driving is caused by people looking at their phone and texting. It’s never safe to do so, even for a few seconds. That’s all it takes to cause an accident. This is most common in younger, less experienced drivers. Eleven percent of drivers ages 18 to 20 who were involved in a vehicle accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving messages when they crashed. The evidence clearly shows how common distracted driving is, especially messaging on cell phones and driving. In New York, a personal injury can sometimes be caused by a distracted driver due to text messaging.
About two-thirds of drivers text while they are behind the wheel. Of those who post to Twitter, 30% say they do it while driving “all the time.” Messaging, texting, updating social media and tweeting can lead to terrible and fatal accidents while behind the wheel of a vehicle. 46 states have banned text-messaging while driving. Cell phone use while driving is banned in 14, and the number will hopefully continue to grow among the states. Taking your eyes off the wheel isn’t worth the tragedy that may follow your selfish actions to glance at your phone.
31% of drivers in the United States between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they have read or even sent a message in text or email form while driving at least once within the 30 days prior to being surveyed. That’s a huge majority of people freely admitting to something we know that we are all guilty of doing at one time or another. Many people will not admit to doing it, but we all know they have. In the city of New York, texting can lead to a personal injury when you least expect it.
Drivers need to always be prepared and aware while driving on the roadways. Put the phone away from view while driving to avoid being distracted. It’s not worth it. It’s always better to wait until you are parked in a safe location before texting. If you are ever involved in a crash due to distracted driving, always have a plan. You need an experienced lawyer when involved in an accident. Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson and Friedman have the proven record to guarantee a successful result for you.