Laws prohibiting cellphone use while driving are common now across the nation, but these laws are routinely ignored by many in New Jersey and New York. Sometimes it seems impossible to ignore that text message from your boss or your child’s school while you are driving.
Still, cellphone use while driving can easily lead to a distracted driving car crash. And as the statistics show, while we understand the danger of texting and driving, this does not stop some from engaging in that dangerous behavior.
Statistics on texting and driving
According to a recent AAA survey, 96% of motorists surveyed acknowledged that texting while driving is seriously dangerous. However, 39% of these motorists still reported that they had read a text message while driving within the past month and 29% of these motorists reported sending a text message while driving.
Texting is a major distraction
Texting is a major distraction behind the wheel because it affects you visually, physically and cognitively.
Texting involves looking at your cellphone. This is a visual distraction, because it takes your eyes off the road.
Texting involves manipulating your cellphone. This is a physical distraction because your hands are no longer on the steering wheel.
Texting involves reading the message and thinking about your reply. This is a cognitive distraction because you are no longer thinking about the task of driving.
Texting and driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving
According to some studies, texting and driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Texting affects your reaction time the same way consuming four drinks in an hour would.
Clearly there is no safe way to text and drive. Doing so risks causing a major car crash. If you were injured in a car crash caused by a driver who was texting, you may be able to pursue compensation to cover the financial losses and pain and suffering you endured.