Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA) reports texting while driving makes the driver 23 times more likely to crash

For more than a decade now, texting while driving has been recognized by state and federal departments of transportation and communities nationwide as a significant and pervasive cause of traffic-related deaths. Despite that all too accurate perception, though, the numbers of texting-related accidents and deaths continue to pose a serious public health threat across the country and around the world.

Texting-related accidents account for almost 25% of all automobile accidents in the United States, and are associated with an astounding 1.6 million accidents and 330,000 injuries each year, according to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.

Alarmingly, texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while drunk and each text has been shown to have the same effect as driving blind for five seconds. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA) reports texting while driving makes the driver 23 times more likely to crash. Many communities and transportation and health agencies have mounted expansive and costly campaigns to heighten the awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, but the risks remain: in fact, it’s estimated that at any moment in the United States, 800,000 drivers are texting while driving.

The accident risk of texting while driving is not limited to the individual engaged in texting; many of the accidents that occur injure other innocent drivers, passengers and even pedestrians who become injured or are killed by the driver receiving or sending the text.

Like other types of car accidents, the injuries and damages sustained during a texting-related accident can be significant, causing severe physical and psychological injury and disability to the injured parties in addition to physical damage of property.

One of the most critical challenges involved in an accident case is in identifying and then aggressively pursuing all of the damages owed to the accident victim. Because many of these accidents involve injury with long-lasting effects – sometimes effects that can persist for the victim’s lifetime – identifying and receiving every dollar due is crucial. The attorneys at Baird Law Group are experienced and skilled in handling the often complex cases of accident victims.

Hiring a lawyer who understands the complexities of accident cases is one of the most important steps accidents victims can take. If you’ve been the victim of a texting-related accident, you need an attorney who knows how to ensure you get the compensation you need to cover your injuries and damages today and for years to come. To learn more, contact our offices