Both are known to contribute significantly to car accidents, but which more dangerous? Not long ago, driving under the influence of alcohol was considered to be a menace on our roads. But that was not until the advancement of technology and cell phones set it. To put it plainly, you’re more likely to get involved in a car accident if you text while driving than when driving under the influence of alcohol. But what are the facts? An accident attorney outlines them.
Why Texting and Driving are Riskier than Drunk Driving
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has it that texting and driving increase the risk of a car accident by up to six times compared to drinking and driving.
• A study spearheaded by the University of Utah established that texting and driving delays a driver’s reaction by the same magnitude caused by blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% which is the legal limit.
• Texting and driving now cause more accidents than drinking and driving. As a matter of fact, texting and driving is the leading cause of accidents and deaths among teenage drivers.
• Car and Driver Magazine carried out and experiment to establish just how dangerous is texting and driving. Through the analysis, it was determined that an impaired driver whose car is cruising at a speed of 70 mph will react and hit the brake in 0.54 seconds. A driver with a BAC of 0.08 will react and hit the brake up to 4 feet later. However, a driver who is texting and driving will react and hit the brake a worrying 70 feet later.
• The United States Department of Transportation equates driving and texting, which makes the driver divert his eyes from the road for about 4.6 seconds to driving the length of an entire football field at a speed of 55 miles per hour blindfolded.
• You are 23 times more likely to get involved in an accident if you are texting and driving
From the statistics above, it is evident why texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving. To curb the vice, it has been proposed that laws which will ban texting while driving be put in place. A survey carried out by the NHTSA says that 90% of all motorists would support such laws. In the meantime its start by an individual’s own decision to put down the phone while driving particularly when you consider the level of risk that comes with such behaviors.
Get Compensated for Injuries Caused by Texting and Driving
As ironical as it may sound, up to 95% of all drivers know that texting and driving increase the risk of getting involved in a car accident and continue to do it over and again. This can be termed as being reckless and negligent. If you or your close friend has been injured in an accident caused by distraction due to texting and driving, consult a car accident attorney so you can pursue compensation for medical costs incurred, lost income and other damages.