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Texting While Driving = 23 times more likely to be in a car accident

September 1, 2009 by Steven M. Gursten

As lawyers handling car accidents throughout Michigan, we have seen thousands of preventable crashes due to distracted driving. Unfortunately, when it comes to causing distraction, texting is at the top of the list.

Our accident attorneys frequently stress the importance of avoiding texting while behind the wheel. It’s a thoughtless act, but it is also very dangerous and needlessly puts lives at risk. I have seen first-hand the carnage and destruction caused by drivers who were texting. Several years ago, for example, a truck driver was texting and caused a catastrophic accident. My client lost both his legs when his Saturn was literally split in half.

I am attaching a YouTube video that was recently released in the UK. It’s a public service announcement regarding the dangers of texting while driving, depicting in graphic detail some of what I and the other lawyers in my firm see on a weekly basis. The video shows a texting teenage girl and her friends happily cruising down the road, followed by a terrible crash with grisly results for the young ladies and the family (including an infant) involved in the car accident.

Please beware of the explicit content.

Although violent, as personal injury attorneys, we believe that if this video helps to raise awareness, and thus save lives, it’s well worth it. A recent CBS News story, “Shocking stats on texting while driving,” stated texting drivers are 23 times more at risk of a crash, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study. The study also found texting took a driver’s focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph.

The message is simple: Nothing is that important. You can wait until your car is at a stop to send that text or make that call.

And if you cause a terrible car accident due to texting, be forewarned that it will be discovered. Our auto accident lawyers now regularly request cell phone and text messages from defendants who cause serious car accidents and injure people. This information will be admissible as evidence of your poor driving decision-making.

YouTube user “supergrateful1” couldn’t have said it better regarding the British PSA: “Cars are potentially deadly weapons. We must all give their operation our full attention, regardless of age. This isn’t “blood and gore” graphic…you have to think beyond the scene. If you have any life experience… you can imagine the decades of tragedy ahead for the multiple victims and their loved ones. The horror is real. It happens in an instant.”

It’s time to stop.

Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys handling serious car and truck accident injury cases and automobile insurance no-fault litigation. Steve has received the largest jury verdict for an automobile accident case in Michigan in four of the past seven years, including 2008, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, from inhisgrace

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