There is no doubt about it and the facts cannot be stated enough. Irresponsible driving like driving while drunk or while distracted is incredibly dangerous. Doing so increases the risk of death for the driver who is engaging in such reckless behavior, their car’s occupants, and everyone that is near them on the road. This includes cars and pedestrians alike.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that distracted driving is any type of activity that takes a driver's eyes and attention off of the road and hands off of their car’s wheels. Driving with any amount of alcohol in one’s system can be dangerous, but across the country, if a driver has more than .08% blood alcohol concentration, that is an unlawful amount to have in one’s system while operating a motor vehicle. While drunk driving causes its fair share of fatal crashes, evidence is growing that potentially distracted driving, particularly when a person is texting may be even deadlier.
How Deadly is Texting While Driving?
Car & Driver Magazine reported on a study that compared stopping time for a person that is inebriated, sober, when using a handheld device to read an e-mail, and while writing a text. The results were astounding showing that:
- The sober driver took 54 seconds to engage their car’s breaks.
- The driver that was impaired stopped four feet longer than the sober driver.
- The driver who was reading an e-mail stopped 36 feet longer than the sober driver.
- The driver who was texting stopped 70 feet further than the sober driver.
Sometimes it just takes the smallest amount of time, a fraction of a second, to change the course of your life when you are driving. That is what devastating accidents can do. Specifically, if you are driving at highway speeds it does not take long at all to miss something changing in traffic, a hazard on the road, or other obstacles that come up unexpectedly.
Due to the increase in distracted driving incidents particularly for people who are busy on their phone when they should be paying attention to the road, more research is being done. All age groups have been affected by using their cell phones while driving but it is the teenage demographic that represent the largest amount of drivers that have this issue.
Current research is showing just how dangerous and deadly driving while texting is. If a driver is texting, they are at high risk for being in a car accident and six times more likely to die from their crash than a drunk driver is when they are in an accident. In fact, studies indicate that a person has a 23 times higher risk for being in a crash if they text than if they were drunk.
Speak to a Jackson Car Accident Attorney
The data suggests that texting while driving may be the most treacherous behavior a driver can engage in. But even if this is the case, this does not mean that drunk driving has become safe by any means. Drunk driving is illegal and for good reason, because it can also have deadly consequences. If you were injured in a car accident in Mississippi, please contact the Jackson car accident attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC. You can schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Jackson by calling (601) 487-0555.