texting and driving

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

One of the first things every new driver is taught is to always stay focused on the road. Unfortunately, however, since the advent of smartphones, drivers have found this increasingly difficult to do. It’s not uncommon to see a driver speeding down the road with his or her head buried in a smartphone. This is extremely dangerous. To put it simply, if you are looking at your phone instead of the road while driving, you place yourself and others at risk. In this article, we examine the dangers of texting and driving. 

Texting and Driving Statistics 

As the following statistics demonstrate, texting and driving is always a bad idea:

  • In 2019, distracted driving was the cause of approximately nine percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes.
  • Texting and driving has surpassed drunk driving as the leading cause of motor vehicle deaths for teens. 
  • Approximately nine people die in distracted driving accidents every day. 
  • Approximately one in four car accidents are caused by texting and driving. 

Catastrophic Injuries 

Although crashes resulting in death are the worst-case scenario, they only represent a fraction of the accidents caused by texting and driving. Drivers who survive accidents caused by texting and driving often suffer catastrophic injuries. Common injuries caused by texting and driving accidents include:

  • Fractures
  • Spinal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Head injuries 
  • Back injuries

Preventing Texting and Driving Accidents

Texting and driving accidents are totally preventable. In order to prevent texting and driving accidents, you should do the following:

  • Put your phone in your glove box while driving.
  • Activate your smartphone’s “do not disturb while driving” feature.
  • Keep your phone well out of your reach to minimize temptation.
  • Pullover if you must send a text message.
  • Mount your phone on your dashboard if you use it for navigation while driving. However, if you do so, don’t switch between apps or visually check for incoming notifications while driving.

The Bottom Line

If you frequently text and drive, you’re making a huge mistake. No text message is worth your or another driver’s life. When you are behind the wheel, you absolutely must keep your eyes on the road. And if you’ve recently been involved in a texting and driving accident, you should immediately contact a West Virginia personal injury attorney for guidance. 

Contact a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Today 

If you’ve suffered injuries in an auto accident in West Virginia, you need an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner. At Hewitt & Salvatore, our experienced attorneys will treat your West Virginia auto accident case as our top priority, doing everything in our power to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. We are highly experienced in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and we’ll do everything in our power to obtain a successful outcome in your West Virginia personal injury case. Please contact our office today for a free initial consultation.