Everyone recognizes that texting while driving is bad; but, do you know how dangerous texting while driving really is? To give you a brief idea about the real dangers of texting and driving, here are some shocking statistics:
– According to Florida’ s Governor, Ron Desantis, in 2016, Florida alone had nearly 50,000 accidents caused by distracted driving, resulting in over 233 deaths;
– About 78% of the distractions while driving are caused by texting;
– Texting and driving causes 1 out of 4 car accidents within the United States;
– Texting while driving is 6 times more dangerous than drunk driving.
In fact, texting can be the most distracting practice you could engage in while driving a vehicle. As a result of this bad, and now illegal practice, the potential for serious, and even fatal accidents substantially increases.
Other Potential Risks Associated With Texting While Driving
Statistics and common sense demonstrate that texting while driving is dangerous and can lead to more accidents with more serious consequences. There are also other risks associated with this dangerous, bad habit. As a responsible driver, you should think seriously about all these aspects before picking up the phone while you are driving:
- You Are Violating The Law
In most of the states, including Florida, texting and driving is illegal. In fact, Florida, like the majority of states, recently passed a law, which becomes effective July 1, 2019, which allows officers to pull over texting drivers as a primary offense. For this reason alone, you should never pick up your phone if you are driving in an area like West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Boca Raton or Orlando. If you are pulled over while texting and driving, you can receive a ticket, fine and even points on your license.
- Your Insurance Rates Will Increase Substantially
For those who receive tickets for distracted driving, your insurance rates are most likely to increase significantly.
- Your Car Could Be Damaged Severely
In addition to the high risk of causing accidents which can cause physical harm to yourself or others, there is also a likely potential for your car to be damaged as a result of accidents caused due to the distractions of texting while driving. Needless to say, it is not cheap to repair or replace a damaged or totaled vehicle.
Well, texting and driving is exceptionally riskier and might be lethal in worst case scenarios, if you are involved in such an unfortunate scenario, it is best recommended to get the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney can protect your rights and assist you in these types of situations.