You are driving down the highway and hear your phone indicate that you have a new text message. Do you pick up your phone to read the message? Do you reply to the text? Many people text while driving, but it can pose great risks. Read on to learn more about how those dangers compare to those of driving drunk:
Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Text messaging has been shown to increase your risk of an auto accident by a factor of 23. Additionally, the average text message takes your eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds, whether you are sending or receiving. If you are driving 55 miles per hour, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. In addition to taking your eyes off the road, texting demands your manual and cognitive attention. This is an extremely dangerous and potentially deadly combination.
Alcohol affects the human body in a number of ways. The muscles in your eyes relax, your peripheral vision is reduced, and your sensitivity to colors is decreased. Alcohol impairs motor skills and will slow down a driver’s ability to react to road conditions and other vehicles. It will also reduce a driver’s judgment and ability to reason. Alcohol may also cause a driver to become sleepy, posing additional risks to passengers and other drivers. It’s hard to say which is more dangerous, drunk driving or texting while driving—in any case, you should avoid engaging in either activity.
Both of these scenarios pose serious risks to other drivers. If you have been injured by a driver who was texting or driving drunk at the time of the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We will work to protect your interests and help you recover.
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