Law Offices of Mark S. Nelson

Texting and driving: How dangerous is it?

It's easy to make jokes about teens being connected to their cell phone. We'll venture a guess that most people have joked about their propensity to text on more than one occasion.

However, when that phone is in the hand of a driver, texting is no laughing matter. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors people exhibit on the road. And it is not just an issue that affects young drivers.

It seems obvious to say that if you're looking at your cell phone, you aren't paying attention to the road. Yet, people take part in this behavior every day. So much so that cell phones are the number one distraction for drivers, and when coupled with other distractions such as music and passengers, cell phone usage in the car can be deadly.

California has a statewide initiative to educate people about the dangers of cell phone use while driving. It provides great information about the dangers of distracted driving. The state also tracks distracted driving statistics, and the numbers show how dangerous the roads can be:

  • 7.6 percent of California drivers were observed using an electronic device in 2016.
  • In 2015, 59.6 percent of drivers reported having been hit, or nearly hit, by a driver using their phone.
  • Across the country, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in accidents caused by distracted driving.

In addition to the dangers of distracted driving, using a cell phone while driving is illegal in California. The state has some of the strictest distracted driving laws in the country.

With all the information available, it's hard to believe people still use their cell phone behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it's common behavior that can come with serious consequences.

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