FAQs About Texting While Driving

Understanding the dangers of drivers who are texting

Although texting while driving commonly occurs, if people understood the dangers, roadways would be safer. The following frequently asked questions help pinpoint why texting and driving should never happen.

What are some facts that show how dangerous texting and driving is?

An accident can occur within three seconds. Yet, the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports reading a text takes about 5 seconds. According to the AAA Foundation, there is a lapse between texting and reorienting to the road and cars. In fact, it can take up to 27 seconds for the mental distraction to disappear. (Reference: Bankrate)

How do state laws apply to texting and driving?

Currently, 48 states have banned texting and driving. Missouri and Montana do not have complete bans. Missouri bans drivers under the age of 21 from texting and driving. Montana has no ban.

Is using a GPS while driving as dangerous as texting?

It takes about 40 seconds to program an address. To refocus on driving takes about another 13 seconds. So, yes, using a GPS is as dangerous if not more dangerous than texting and driving.

Why are teens and young drivers more at risk to the dangers of texting and driving?

The main reason is their lack of experience. They have been driving for fewer years than older drivers. Experience is an effective teacher. Skills typically advance with more driving experience. The age group with the highest rates of drivers causing fatal crashes is the age group under 20. Their percentage was 9% compared with the 25 to 34 age group at 7% and the 75 and older age groups at 6%.

If the at-fault driver was texting and driving can that help your case?

Because texting and driving is illegal in New York, a driver who texts is breaking the law. Any legal violation on the part of an at-fault driver can help you win an accident case. However, because New York is a no-fault insurance state, in order to sue, your damages and injuries must meet the severe injury threshold set by NY Insurance law.

For that reason, if your accident was serious or damages were significant, you should seek legal help. The Law Office of John Fazzini can determine fault and decide whether grounds exist to pursue a lawsuit. Winning an accident claim can help you cover medical and other expenses. We offer free initial consultations. You owe no attorney fees unless we win or settle your case.