Texting and Driving: The New Drunk Driving
A new study released by Car and Driver Magazine has frightening news for drivers glued to their cell phones. It showed that texting while driving is actually a far more dangerous activity than drunk driving.
To reach this conclusion, the magazine conducted a study in which a car was rigged with a light to alert drivers to brake. They studied how long it took the drivers to react when sober, when legally drunk, when reading on their phone and when actively text messaging. Though all of the activities slowed the drivers down from the sober benchmark, the texting drivers reflected by far the slow reaction times. In fact, texting and driving caused drivers to take an additional 70 feet to brake as compared to their sober counterparts.
These results reflect similar findings by the National Traffic Safety Administration, which has shown that texting while driving is six times riskier than driving while intoxicated. Texting takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of about 4.6 seconds. This is long enough to drive the entire length of a football field when traveling at 55 mph.
Texting and driving can result in catastrophic accidents. Every year, 3,000 people die and 333,000 are injured due to taking their eyes away from the road and focusing on their cell phones. This dangerous activity doesn’t just pose risks to the person texting, but to everyone else on the road. Slow reaction times and swerving or veering out of one’s lane can cause a driver to collide with someone else, potentially injuring or killing him or her as a result.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, work with the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Barasch, McGarry Salzman & Penson right away.