A fundamental rule lies at the heart of driving safely: unwavering attention to the road ahead. It’s a universally acknowledged truth that texting while driving can unleash a cascade of catastrophic events—wreaking havoc in the form of harrowing accidents, grievous injuries, and tragic loss of lives. We’ve all encountered those disconcerting moments behind the wheel, encountering fellow drivers whose focus seems adrift. Imagine the vehicle just ahead, swaying unpredictably. Despite your persistent horn blasts, the driver remains unperturbed. Frustration builds until you manage to overtake, only to catch a glimpse of the culprit—engrossed in texting on their phone. Does this unsettling scenario sound familiar?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine lives are lost daily due to crashes involving distracted drivers. Distracted driving covers a lot—think scrolling through social media, munching on a snack, applying makeup, refereeing backseat battles, and even giving your GPS more attention than the road. However, texting seems to be among the worst of the long list of distractions. The latest stats suggest that if you’re texting while driving, you run a 23 times greater risk of crashing. If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s a list of reasons to kick that texting habit to the curb while you’re behind the wheel:
- Texting while driving is a punishable offense in New York State;
- Texting while driving may lead to a spike in your car insurance premiums;
- Texting behind the wheel jeopardizes the safety of both your passengers and fellow road users;
- Affordable and user-friendly hands-free technologies, like voice-to-text features, provide a safer communication alternative;
- Pulling over to a secure spot to read an important text or answer a crucial phone call is a simple practice; and
- In the unfortunate event of an accident caused by texting while driving, you could face personal injury claims from the affected parties.
The caring attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. genuinely hope this article leaves a lasting impression that keeps texting and driving far from your habits. Remember, even if you’re committed to staying distraction-free behind the wheel, you can still cross paths with a less attentive driver. If that unfortunate situation arises, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you, offering a free consultation and case evaluation. Reach out any time, day or night, by dialing 716-839-3939 or simply filling out our easy online consultation form. Your safety matters, and so does your peace of mind.