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Why shouldn’t you text and drive?

| Mar 16, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Texting and driving continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents in Tennessee and the rest of the United States because it causes drivers to become distracted behind the wheel. The National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are due to texting and driving, which results in about 390,000 injuries. Approximately 21% of teen drivers have been involved in an accident due to using their phone while operating a vehicle. Cellphone laws may forbid it depending on the city or state, but it’s still wise to never text while driving.

Texting and driving: a recipe for disaster

Approximately 14% of all crashes caused by distracted driving are due to texting, which often leads to auto accident injuries. Although it may seem like a minor habit, texting can lead to injuries and deaths if you’re not keeping your eyes on the road.

Studies show that teen drivers are more likely to drive with their smartphone in hand compared to older adults. Adults between 19 and 24 years of age are most likely to pick up their phone to text or answer a call while driving, which can make it easy to veer off the road or wait too long to bring the car to a stop. Studies show that many fatal accidents caused by texting involve adults between 20 to 29 years of age.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

Reach out to an attorney if you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident due to another driver who was using their cellphone. A legal professional may examine the evidence to determine who was at fault and will inform you of your rights. Your attorney may keep you informed of the necessary steps to take to receive the compensation you deserve.