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Important Facts about Texting & Driving that could Save your Life behind the Wheel

It is estimated that one million people text while driving each day. People constantly feel the pressure to remain in constant communication, even when behind the wheel. The average text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for nearly five seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of an entire football field!

A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, along with prior studies by Liberty Mutual Insurance and state-funded organizations located online, reveals the shocking statistics of texting behind the wheel:

  • Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.
  • Texting while driving results in longer response times than even drunken driving. While an unimpaired driver can respond quickly to changes in traffic and begin braking within half a second, a legally drunk driver needs four additional feet to begin braking—and a driver who’s texting needs 70.
  • In the moments before a crash or near crash, drivers typically spend nearly five seconds looking at their mobile devices.
  • Though 95 percent of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, at least 21 percent admit to doing it anyway.
  • Especially amongst teens, texting results in erratic driving behavior, like lane weaving and speeding up and down, increasing the likelihood of hurting pedestrians and running into other vehicles.
  • Texting behind the wheel is generational: 37 percent of drivers 18 to 27 admit to texting while driving, compared to 14 percent of 28 to 44 year olds, and 2 percent of 45 to 60 year olds.
  • An accident can happen in two to three seconds while texting.

When it comes to texting and driving- play it safe. This can be as simple as either muting the sound or turning off your cell phone when entering the car. According to the American Automobile Association, this alone can actually decrease the risk of an accident by 50 percent.

Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer

Drivers who choose to text and drive instead of focusing entirely on operating their vehicle often wind up in a car accident. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car collision caused by a distracted driver, contact an Orlando personal injury lawyer at Auto Justice Attorney for help with your case.

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