Texting and Driving

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Texting while driving is becoming an increasingly dangerous combination. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of drivers who text messaged or operated electronic devices while behind the wheel more than doubled from 2009 to 2012. And when those drivers are busy texting, they’re certainly not focused on the road, which places everyone’s lives in danger. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, turn to Chattanooga car accident lawyer Herbert Thornbury get you the compensation you deserve. Please call us today at 423-443-3973 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Texting and driving is probably the most widely recognized form of distracted driving, a broader category that also includes talking on the phone, eating, operating GPS equipment, and other tasks unrelated to operating a motor vehicle. According to the NHTSA, more than 400,000 Americans are injured—and 3,000 killed—in distracted driving accidents each year. The NHTSA acknowledges three ways that texting while driving impairs a motorist’s ability to operate a vehicle:

Manual impairment, in which the hands are physically off the wheel

Visual impairment, in which the eyes are focused on something other than the road ahead

Cognitive impairment, in which the brain is focused on a task other than driving

The average motorist removes his or her eyes from the road for about 4.5 seconds when he or she sends or receives a text message, and a car traveling at 55 miles per hour will move the length of a football field in that amount of time. Imagine driving 300 feet blindfolded: This is what texting, in effect, does to a distracted driver.

And a lot can happen in those 4.5 seconds. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, a driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who is focused on the task of operating the vehicle.

Texting and driving can cause a catastrophic automobile accident that endangers the lives of others on the road, as well as the distracted driver him or herself and his or her passengers. Victims of such accidents may suffer any number of debilitating injuries, including

Traumatic brain injury

Spinal cord injury

Neck injury

Back injury

Burn injury

Texting and driving is reckless, irresponsible, and inexcusable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who decided that a text message was more important than road safety, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Chattanooga car accident lawyer Herbert Thornbury today at 423-443-3973 to arrange a free consultation with our distracted driving experts.