While many people might think that texting while driving is not a major issue, it is. Texting while driving can result in a serious life threatening accident. “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Texting while driving is hazardous because texting requires the driver to take his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds, and those few seconds can be life threatening as he or she is not one hundred percent focused on the road or on driving. Some ways a driver is occupied while texting are: he or she is focused on the phone rather than looking straight ahead, he or she is not holding on to the wheel, or he or she is not paying attention to the road. At 60 mph, a car covers about 90 feet in one second. When someone texts while driving, then they are putting themselves as well as others in danger as each of the three types of dangerous listed above apply together

Accidents caused while someone is occupied with his or her cell phone has been increasing. For instance, in 2001, 3,331 people were killed, whereas 3,627 people were killed in 2010.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study where it analyzed drivers who talked, texted, or emailed while driving. More US drivers have phone conversation while they are driving rather than texting; whereas Europe had a lower number of drivers talking while driving rather than texting while driving.

New or younger drivers, especially those under the age of 20, may cause or have more car accidents as they barely know how to drive and are not familiar with the roads. Then on top of that they are texting or using the phone which is a major distraction. As a result, states are creating new laws that ban texting while driving. Additionally, the states are conducting more studies to determine exactly how effective these laws are.

If you were involved in an accident and have been injured, then you may be entitled to a large cash payout as compensation. You may legally deserve money for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages, all past, present and future. A lawyer can advise you if you are in such a circumstance on what your legal options are. To set up a free in person consultation with Jayson Lutzky, an attorney with 30+ years of experience, call 718-514-6619. If you have a serious injury, we can visit you at your hospital or in your home. For further information, visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.