Car Wrecks Caused By Texting


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The number of car accidents caused by distracted driving continues to increase each year with the increase in distractions available to drivers. Ten years ago texting was on the drawing board of some tech company. Today some people get thousands of texts each month and almost all teenagers get multiple thousands per month.

The real problem comes from our society becoming “connected” and the instant feedback that has come to be expected today. When a cell phone chirps with a text message it is very hard to ignore the phone and not look at the screen.

The number of teenagers who have been killed because of texting while driving is astronomical. Distracted driving from texting and e-mail is almost as dangerous as a drunk driver. Study after study have shown that a person looking at their cell phone gives up the equivalent of three car lengths of safety cushion.

The solution–to put your phone on silent while you are driving a car. If you do not know if you get a call or text or an e-mail you will not be tempted to answer it while driving. Too, there are some apps out there that shut off text messaging while you’re moving.

Parents lay down the law with your children about texting while driving and make sure that they do not allow their friends to text and drive if they are a passenger. Additionally, lead by example in refusing to text while you’re behind the wheel.

Greg Baumgartner is a car accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with an Austin accident lawyer call the Baumgartner law firm at 281-587-1111.

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