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Texting and driving is a danger in our 24/7 society

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Many of us in Geneva can agree that in today’s 24/7 society, our cell phones have become essential parts of our lives. Some of us even have multiple cell phones; one personal phone and one work phone. Of course, smartphones today have many exciting features, and there is an app for just about any task you would like. This means that some people seem positively glued to their phones. There is one time, though, when you absolutely must put your cell phone away and ignore it, and that is when you are driving.

Distracted driving accidents

Distracted driving accidents occur all too often. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019, 3,142 people lost their lives in a distracted driving accident. While there are many things that can cause a driver to become distracted, an increasingly common source is the use of a cell phone while driving.

Texting and driving

According to the NHTSA, texting and driving is especially dangerous because it encompasses all three main types of driver distractions. When you are texting you are looking at your phone, not the road: a visual distraction. When you are texting you are holding your phone and typing on it, with your hands off the steering wheel: a manual distraction. Finally, when texting you are reading the text and thinking of how to reply to it, rather than paying attention to the road: a cognitive distraction. It is clear to see that texting and driving is something most would agree we should avoid.

Learn more about your rights

If you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you will want to learn more about your rights, including whether filing a personal injury lawsuit is an option for you. If so, you can pursue the compensation you are entitled to. While you cannot undo the crash, you can at least obtain the financial resources you need during a difficult time.