Even though texting while driving is an offence in most states, a huge majority of drivers still do it, putting other road users at serious risk as well as pedestrians and innocent parked cars. That may sound humorous but it is not funny when you hear a crash and you run outside and see your car smashed in. Strangely enough, and knowing the risks involved, many drivers are unable to resist the ring of a cell phone even when in heavy traffic or driving at full speed. The staff of Car and Driver magazine conducted a study and documented just how dangerous it is to use a cell phone when in control of a vehicle (or trying to remain in control).

Texting Compared to Being Drunk

The magazine investigators fixed a red light on a car to indicate to the drivers when to apply the brake. Times taken were recorded between the time the light went on and when the driver hit the brake, under four conditions - when the driver was sober, when reading an email, when sending a text message, and when legally drunk at .08.

 The results were:



Sober 0.54 seconds

Legally drunk – add 4 feet

Reading an email – add 36 feet

Sending a text message – add 70 feet

At a Crossroads

The American public agrees that drinking and driving is a dangerous offense. But when it comes to talking on a cell phone or texting while driving, the majority is undecided. Unfortunately, it will need a lot more accidents and deaths to change this mindset.

The conundrum is when someone is stuck in traffic going about 5 to 10 mph or even completely stopped! Or how about stopping at red lights? This is what cell phones were made for.

A Powerful & Knowledgeable Team Member

Motor vehicle accidents account for the highest number of offenses under theinjury law. If you are involved in a car crash or other kind of motor vehicle accident where the other driver was texting or talking on a cell phone, then get in touch with a motor vehicle accident attorney. You could well be entitled to file a claim for damages through an injury lawsuit. The other driver’s insurance company will in all probability come forward for a settlement to avoid going to trial. Be guided by your injury lawyer who will be able to assess whether the offer they make is fair.