Texting and Driving: A Deadly Epidemic

Driving is rarely considered a huge risk. Millions of people commute back and forth from work every day without a second thought. In fact, the only case in which driving is widely considered a danger is in the middle of the night, because of drunk drivers. However, some people simply don’t make it home safe due to cell phone related distractions such as checking email, receiving a phone call, or texting. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® state on their website that although some car accidents are simply an unavoidable mishap, most wrecks can be blamed on negligent actions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting and driving is six times more dangerous than drinking and driving. The NHTSA also states that you are 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving. However, the practice simply hasn’t reached the same level of social stigma as drinking and driving. In fact, 34 percent of teens openly admit to texting while driving, according to textinganddrivingsafety.com. Clearly, younger generations simply don’t see texting and driving as a serious danger.

Despite the widespread social acceptance of texting and driving, the law is cracking down. According to “New Jersey court: Texting with a driver can get you in trouble, too,” an article in the LA Times, New Jersey appeals court ruled that if someone texts a person who gets in an accident shortly after receiving that text message, they can be held accountable for the damage. In this case, there must be proof that the person doing the texting knew that the recipient was driving.

In any case, victims of texting and driving may benefit from gaining legal representation.

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