Is Texting While Driving More Dangerous Than Being Drunk Behind the Wheel?
It is already common knowledge that drunk driving can lead to catastrophic and sometimes deadly accidents. Great efforts have been taken to minimize the incidence of drunk driving, and such efforts have been successful in some parts of the country. However, even if the incidence of drunk driving is happening, there is a new challenge to face – texting or talking on the phone while driving. Hundreds of accidents have been linked to distracted drivers who decided to send a text, post a picture on Facebook, or respond to a Twitter post.
One Study Shows that Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous than Drunk Driving
While there is still an abundance of information to discover, there are some studies that demonstrate texting or looking at your phone while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. One of these studies, conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), discovered the following after testing 17 drivers:
• Driving under the influence of alcohol lowers a driver’s reaction time by 12%;
• Driving under the influence of marijuana lowers a driver’s reaction time by 21%;
• Texting lowers a driver’s reaction time by 35%;
• Texting drivers tend to slow down in an effort to drive more safely while texting, but this has the opposite effect as these drivers drift into other lanes and pose a danger to others on the roadway.
Talking on a Hand-Held Phone While Driving Still the Most Dangerous Distraction
It may come as a surprise to many that using one hand to talk on the phone and only having one hand on the wheel poses the greatest risk to both the driver and others on the roadway. Texting while driving is a significant distraction, but taking one hand off the wheel and talking on the phone lowers the driver’s reaction time by 46% – nearly half of the driver’s ability to react. This goes to show that it is not only drunk driving that has the potential to cause deadly accidents, but that phone use while driving needlessly cause injuries or fatalities.
How an Attorney Can Help You
Because distracted driving continues to cause unnecessary accidents, victims continue to suffer significant and sometimes fatal injuries. In such cases, victims and their loved ones may have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party allegedly at fault for causing the accident. However, to determine if such a lawsuit is possible in your particular situation, you will need to speak with an experienced attorney.
Contact Zinda Law Group Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have been the victim of a distracted driving or drunk driving accident, you already know just how devastating the consequences can be. A mountain of medical bills as well as physical and mental pain are only a few of the struggles that both a victim and his or her loved ones must deal with. Given that so much is at stake, it is important to consider speaking with a Colorado car accident and personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 or click here for a free consultation. Meetings with attorneys are by appointment only.