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Texting while Driving Statistics

Texting while driving is a trend that has been on the rise in recent years as almost every driver has a cellphone and uses it for multiple purposes. Most people, from teenagers to seniors, has admitted to texting behind the wheel at least once. Although sending a single text message may seem innocuous, the couple of seconds it takes to write out a message can make the difference between avoiding an accident and causing one. Unfortunately, when it becomes commonplace for drivers to take their eyes off the road for a few seconds, accidents are possible – something our Rhinelander lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® know all too well.

Dangers of Texting While Driving

Even though writing out a message while driving takes just a few seconds, a lot can happen in that time while traveling at highway speeds. A 2009 study by Car and Driver magazine uncovered these results:

  • Unimpaired driving: 0.39 seconds to hit the brakes at 70 mph
  • Impaired driving: about 8 more feet
  • Reading a text: about 24 more feet
  • Sending a text: about 40 more feet

The facts prove to be a little surprising until you realize just how dangerous texting while driving can be. For example, an individual who is legally drunk at 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC) reacts more quickly than someone reading a text message. The situation quickly deteriorates when the individual decides to reply back. In the real world, reading and sending a text can cause a person to crash into the person in front of him or her when following at a car’s length distance of 17 feet.

Discuss Texting while Driving with a Rhinelander Personal Injury Lawyer

If you believe your car accident was the result of someone texting while driving, you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Speak with one of our experienced attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® about pursuing this compensation by calling us at (800) 242-2874 today.