Distracted driving contributes to thousands of deaths each year in Colorado and across the country. Nearly all drivers know distracted driving is dangerous, yet many still continue to participate in it. These days, there is a multitude of possible distractions drivers have to contend with. However, texting while behind the wheel may be the most dangerous form of distracted driving.
The dangers of texting while driving
Texting and driving is something that is easy to do, and it may even be tempting. It only takes a second to send a text, but the small amount of time it takes to send a text can have life-long consequences. In order to type out and send a text while driving, the driver has to take his or her focus off of the road to look at the phone. Losing focus for just half a second while driving is enough time to cause a serious or fatal accident.
How to avoid texting while driving
It may seem difficult, but there are some things drivers can do to help them avoid texting behind the wheel. Turn cellphones off prior to driving and store the device out of sight, such as in the glove compartment. There are also apps to help prevent using the phone while driving. For example, the Drive Mode App can detect when the user’s vehicle is traveling at more than 25 mph and will block the ability to send texts. The app can even send an automatic response saying the person is driving and can’t talk.
There is help available for accident victims
To safely operate a motor vehicle, drivers must maintain complete focus on the. Sadly, thousands of lives are senselessly taken every year due to negligent drivers. Those in Colorado who have suffered injuries or loss of an immediate family member in car accidents caused by the negligence of another party have the right to speak with a legal representative and pursue rightful damages.