According to the National Safety Council, 1,600,000 auto accidents are caused every year when drivers choose to text behind the wheel. It is a growing trend that has gradually become a national epidemic, contributing to the rising death toll on roads across the country. If you have been injured by someone who was texting while driving, the skilled legal team at Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. have the necessary knowledge and experience to handle your case.
All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, but texting is known to be particularly deadly. Here are some facts about this dangerous habit everyone should be aware of:
Teen drivers are particularly prone to engaging in this type of behavior. According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens believe that texting and driving is dangerous, but 43% admitted to doing it anyway. Many teen drivers who admitted to participating in this risky habit also claimed to have been passengers of individuals who text and drive, including parents. In fact, 10% of parents admit to having lengthy text conversations while driving, which extends well beyond the 5-second lapse of attention and increases the chances of an accident.
To combat this epidemic, people have sought alternative methods of communication. It is debatable how effective this may be since the problem is not the method, but rather the distraction itself. Using a headset cell phone, for example, is not much safer than hand-held usage.
There are also several apps people can use to avoid the lure of their cell phones, including:
Of course, a driver could simply pull over to respond to a text if it is urgent and requires immediate attention, or turn off the phone while driving.
These alternatives have the best of intentions, but if your mind is elsewhere while driving, you are still putting yourself and others at risk, even if your hands are on the wheel.
With over 100 years of experience combined, the Milwaukee car accident attorneys at Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. are equipped to deal with any case, including those involving a driver who was texting while behind the wheel. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is crucial to seek skilled and aggressive representation. We will devote endless hours to negotiating with insurance companies and work tirelessly to examine every facet of your accident to ensure that you obtain maximum compensation.
You should not have to bear the burden of medical bills and vehicle repairs when someone else was at fault. You have enough to deal with. Let us pursue justice on your behalf. For a free consultation, call us at (414) 455-1639.