The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Approximately 1.3 million car accidents occur each year in the United States that are caused by texting and driving. The increased reliance on cell phones or mobile devices for navigation and communication is, unfortunately causing a huge increase in auto accidents. These demographics have substantially increased among younger drivers. Texting while driving is a dangerous act that leads to not just a ticket but there’s potential that you could cause a serious accident.  Due to the extended amount of time during which the driver is distracted from the road when texting or just simply looking down at their phone screen, the probability of causing an accident increases exponentially. Typically, it takes a minimum of five seconds to look down, focus, and read a text message, and then to look back up to refocus on the road. Imagine what could happen in those 5 seconds when the driver is not focusing on the road. Here, I’ll tell you: when traveling at 40 miles per hour on Colorado Springs city roads, a 5-second time span can allow a vehicle to travel the length of an entire football field without looking up. We all know how long a football field is, so that’s terrifying! The risk of causing a car accident during this time increases by 23 times in comparison to someone who is diligently focusing on where they are going. When you are texting and driving, you are putting not only yourself but others on the road in danger.

The Law Office of Andrew Bryant cares about all Colorado Springs citizens and doesn’t want anything to ever happen to our local drivers in town. He’s here to, of course assist if an accident via texting and driving does occur, but he’d much rather spread the word on preventative actions first. The new statistics from last year that just came out are scary in themselves, so maybe if you are aware of these metrics, you will literally stop texting and driving:

Shocking Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice About Grabbing Your Phone Behind the Wheel

  • At any given time of day, approximately 660,000 drivers across the US are using their cell phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.
  • Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, according to the National Safety Council.
  • Texting while driving causes nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents
  • 1 out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.
  • Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in distractions by taking eyes off the road
  • Texting is by far the most dangerous activity one can do with their cell phone.

Texting while driving is one of the worst things you could do while behind the wheel in this day and age.  Andrew Bryant strongly believes in the safety of our Colorado Springs community members, so please, spread the word about texting and driving TODAY. It could be as effective as saving a life.

If you were an unfortunate receiver of a texting and driving accident, or you were caught texting and driving yourself and need legal representation, give Andrew Bryant a call today. He is here to assist in any form of texting and driving accident or ticket you’ve received, so don’t wait, call him now for a free consultation. Andrew has your back regardless of the mistake you made. Andrew is here in your time of need.