According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 50% of U.S. teenagers admit to texting while driving. Perhaps even more frightening, studies have shown that at any given moment, over 800,000 people are texting, making calls, or using a hand-held cell phone while driving in the U.S.–and that number is growing every day. Texting while driving is now a leading factor in Ohio auto accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is essential that you contact an experienced Ohio personal injury lawyer to protect your legal rights.
Why is texting while driving so dangerous? The following ten reasons are a few of the many reasons why texting and driving contribute to Ohio auto accident injuries each year:
- Impairs driving abilities
- Takes the driver’s eyes off of the road, with researchers estimating that drivers who text spend approximately 400% less time looking at the road
- Reduces reaction times
- Causes an increase in missed lane changes by 140%
- Risk of crashing more than doubles as compared to drivers who simply talk on their cell phones
- Reduces forward and lateral control of the vehicle
- Increases the number of head-on crashes
- Distracts drivers and passengers
- Approximately 10% of the time it takes to send a text message while driving results in the vehicle traveling outside the driving lane in which it is supposed to be
- Answering a text message takes a driver’s attention away from the road for approximately five seconds, which is long enough to travel the length of a football field
If you were injured in an Ohio auto wreck involving cell phone use, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact an Ohio auto accident attorney with over three decades of experience representing car wreck victims. For a consultation, call our office today at 855-LAW-OHIO.