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Texting while Driving Facts

Texting while driving is, unfortunately, becoming a major problem that is known to be not only incredibly dangerous but potentially lethal as well. Individuals of all ages, including teenagers and middle-aged adults, have admitted to texting while driving at least once. At first glance, sending a single text may seem like a harmless act; however, the few seconds it takes to write out that message can be the difference between driving safely and making a critical error behind the wheel. Unfortunately, when people think that it’s okay to take their eyes off the road for a couple seconds, accidents are more likely to occur – something our Racine team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is all too aware of.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Although writing a text while driving may only take a couple seconds, quite a lot can happen in that time. In 2009, Car and Driver conducted a study and found the following with regards to how long it took drivers to push the brakes:

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

These statistics point out facts that appear to be rather surprising on the surface. For instance, someone who is legally drunk at 0.08 BAC actually has a better reaction time than an individual who is merely reading a text message. This scenario gets even worse when that person decides to send a message back. What this means, sadly, is that a person who is texting while driving is very likely to hit the person in front of him or her if he or she is traveling just a car length behind them, about 17 feet.

Discuss Texting while Driving with a Racine Lawyer

If you have reason to believe your car accident was the result of someone texting while driving, they might owe you compensation. Talk with our empathetic and experienced lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. about pursuing this compensation by calling us today at (262) 554-6200.