With the modern, daily use of smartphones, texting, scrolling and browsing through our phones has become an addictive daily activity. For many of us, it can become almost impossible to resist reaching for our phones throughout the day, and this includes while we are driving.
Engaging in texting while driving, as well as engaging in any other form of distracted driving, poses real risks on the road. The leading cause of death for those in their teenage years is due to fatal car crashes, and many of these are caused by distractions while driving.
What is distracted driving?
When we are driving, we have the responsibility to give our full attention to the road before us and to the safe operation of the vehicle. This is because we know that all vehicles, when mismanaged, have the potential to cause grave harm.
Therefore, any behavior that takes our full attention away from the road contributes to the problem of distracted driving. This could be looking down to switch the radio station, attending to a child in the back seat, or texting while driving.
The use of cellphones while driving is becoming an increasing problem, due to the frequency that we use them in our day-to-day lives. The invention of new apps has also made it more common for people to film themselves while driving, creating even more dangerous scenarios.
What are the risks of texting while driving?
Although you might believe that checking your phone for a few seconds while you are driving down a straight road is not likely to result in any serious consequence, the reality is that when doing so you are 23 times more likely to become involved in a "safety-critical event," indicates one report by Virginia Tech.
In addition, it is a fact that distracted driving causes accidents. In 2010 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established that 18 percent of all car wrecks that resulted in injuries were caused by distracted drivers.
If you have been in an accident in Arkansas and you believe that the other driver was texting and driving or using a cellphone while driving, it is important to take action as soon as possible.