Auto accidents and Other Dangers of Texting and Driving
As experienced Northern Colorado car accident lawyers, we have represented many personal injury clients who have needed our services because of accidents involving texting while driving. The Fort Collins auto accident attorneys at Sumner Law Office P.C. present this information in the hope of dissuading you from texting while driving.
Texting is a form of distracted driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 people are killed and 1,300 people are injured daily in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. CDC statistics unequivocally show that distracting activities increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash and the need for a Fort Collins car accident lawyer.
There are three main types of distraction:
- Visual — those that take your eyes off the road
- Manual — those that require you to take your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — those that take your mind off what you are doing
Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, eating, drinking, and talking with passengers. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Texting takes the driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions, increasing the risk of an accident.
Texting and auto accident statistics
As these statistics indicate, texting and driving do not mix:
Texting and teen drivers
CDC statistics show that drivers under 20 years of age are the most likely to drive while distracted:
- Nearly 13 percent of those under 20 admit to texting while driving.
- Nearly 34 percent of teens ages 16 and 17 admit that they send and respond to text messages while driving.
Model safe behavior
Keep in mind that the driving habits of teenagers are highly influenced by the driving habits of adults. And since the CDC indicates that 48 percent of teenagers between ages 12 and 17 report that they have been in a car when the driver was engaged in text messaging, we are clearly not providing a model of safe driving to our children.
Particularly when your children are learning to drive, pay extra attention to your own driving behavior. Driving habits they might not have consciously noticed in the past now readily capture their attention when they are in the process of learning to drive.
Legal help from Fort Collins auto accident lawyers
When you are the victim in an auto accident, whether as a result of texting or of any other type of negligent driver behavior, Sumner Law Office P.C. can help. Call us today at (970) 472-1400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Northern Colorado auto accident lawyer.