How dangerous is texting and driving really?
Takes mind off the task
Not only does using a cellphone physically take a person’s eyes off of the road, but it also requires the person to stop thinking about driving. In the moments someone needs to form a witty reply to a message, he or she may not pay attention to the fact that the person in front of them is hitting the brakes, which means there may not be enough time to stop a fender bender. This inattentiveness can affect a person’s ability to drive even if his or her eyes remain on the road.
Takes hands off the wheel
Finally, texting while driving is a dangerous activity because it requires the driver to remove at least one of his or her hands off of the steering wheel. Driving with one hand reduces a person’s ability to react quickly. The car operator may also have less control over the vehicle. This is a big concern for drivers operating in less than ideal conditions, including gravel roads, wet highways or icy stretches, because the car may need extra force to stay on its path.
New York residents who continue to use cellphones and other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle put themselves and others on the road at a higher risk of getting in an accident. If someone is involved in a collision with a distracted driver, it may be beneficial to work with an attorney who is familiar with this type of personal injury case.