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Understanding the dangers associated with texting while driving

In this day and age, residents in Arizona and across the nation are heavily reliant on technology. It is part of their daily routine, and many could not complete their tasks at work or school without some form of technology. The need and desire to include technology in life tends to impact other areas that may not be reliant on that technology. For example, it is unfortunately increasingly taking over the time a driver spends in a vehicle. While using a phone in general is not a risky activity, texting while driving could prove to be very dangerous or even fatal.

When a driver texts or uses his or her phone while he or she drives, he or she is being distracted by the mobile device. A distracted driver could cause a fatal accident and impact several lives in the blink of an eye. According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of all fatal crashes that occurred in 2010 were a result of driver distraction, including texting while driving.

Furthermore, 40 percent of all teens in the U.S. stated that they have been in a vehicle when a driver has not only been using a cell phone, but used it in a way that could put people in danger. The study determined that texting while driving puts people at a risk 23 times greater than when a driver is not distracted.

Texting while driving is a dangerous activity that could be the cause of a fatal accident. If an investigation reveals that a distracted driver caused a fatal wreck, the loved ones of a deceased victim might have a cause of action. In an attempt to recover compensation for the losses and damages they endured from the accident, loved ones could file a wrongful death claim. This could provide them with a monetary award to cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other damages.

While there are various risks and dangers on the roadways, drivers should not create them. When a driver is distracted he or she is not upholding the standard duty of care required when they are behind the wheel, thereby putting all motorists around them at risk of serious harm.

Source: Federal Communications Commission, "The Dangers of Texting While Driving," accessed on August 25, 2014

Source: Federal Communications Commission, "The Dangers of Texting While Driving," accessed on August 25, 2014

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