One of the most dangerous things we can do behind the wheel is to text while driving. On average, a person takes their off the road for four seconds to read and send a text message. While this may not sound like a long time, it is actually the difference between a close call and a serious accident. As a Portland car crash attorney, this office has seen far too many clients injured because of this dangerous activity. Never send text messages while driving.
Studies have shown that texting while driving is 23 times more dangerous than undistracted driving. This is an incredible increase and shows just how serious people should be taking this problem. Unfortunately, many people understand the dangers but still engage in texting while driving. They think they’re no harm in sending a quick text to their friend or spouse while behind the wheel. It only takes one incident to change someone’s life forever.
This is akin to how people took drunk driving in the ‘60s and ‘70s. People understood that it was dangerous but many people still got drunk and drove home. The attitude is much different today. We have stiff penalties for drunk driving and many groups who work to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving. Distracted driving is receiving similar attention. Hopefully, the rates of distracted driving will continue to drop as people understand just how dangerous it can be to send a text or two while driving.
At Johnson Law, we know exactly how dangerous it can be to text while driving. We have seen many people who been hurt because the other driver was paying more attention to their phone than to the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, we can help. For a free consultation with a Portland car crash attorney, call Johnson Law right away.