Distracted driving has increased significantly with the use of devices such as cell phones. While many believe that texting and driving can be done safely, that is absolutely NOT the case. At Robert J Debry & Associates, we do not condone texting and driving for any reason. But, a personal injury attorney can help guide you in a case like this.
Here are a few key reasons to immediately stop texting and driving:
#1 You’re More Likely to get into an Accident
Even though this is one of the most obvious answers, millions of people still decide that answering a text is worth the risk.
According to the CDC, 9 people every day are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashed that involved distracted driving. One accident can completely alter your life, and may leave you physically and financially devastated. In this case you would need to contact a personal injury attorney
#2 Everyone’s Safety is at Risk
Texting and driving is one of the most selfish acts that you could commit. Although you may want to take the risk, you’re putting other lives in danger while engaging in distracted driving. Not only can you cause a crash with another driver, the seconds that you take your eyes off the road may result in you striking a pedestrian or cyclist.
#3 It’s so Easy to Pull Over
If you really need to answer an important text or call, just pull over. It takes seconds to do, and no text or call could ever be as important as your life. If you can’t pull over right away, simply drive until there is a safe spot to do so.
#4 It may be Illegal
Punishment can depend on your State, but can range anywhere from a fine to jail time if you cause an accident. Jail time can be severe if you cause serious injury or death to another person. If you’re at fault for the accident and don’t have adequate insurance coverage, you may be left to pay out of pocket.
If you get pulled over while texting and driving, a distracted driving ticket may also significantly spike your insurance rates.
Being involved in an accident can be hard, but a personal injury attorney at Robert J. Debry & Associates can help!