Though Pennsylvania passed the no texting while driving law last March, drivers continue to text while driving. When I drive to work every day, I see drivers around me busy texting while they are driving or at a stop light. I also see all types of drivers text while driving, be they young teens, young adults and even parents with kids in the car.
Many drivers don't realize that not only does the law prohibit texting while driving, but it also prohibits texting while at a stop light.
Drivers who text while driving often believe they can multi-task and don't think they can cause an accident. One of the reasons is that they have been texting while driving for a long time, and it has become a habit. Further, they have been lucky that they have not caused an accident thus far. Therefore, they believe that it won't happen to them. It's a vicious cycle. The more times drivers text while driving without incident, the more confident they feel that they will not cause a car accident.
Sadly, the reality is that taking your eyes off the road to text for 2 seconds can and will cause a serious accident. Further, the car accident drastically changes the lives of all parties involved. In many accidents, lives are also often cut short. We see this in the media and in commercials showing teen drivers who lose their lives because they were texting while driving. Many times, the texts are meaningless and unimportant. No text is worth a life.
In this era where young teens and adults are constantly texting or checking their phones, texting while driving is something that has got to stop. The accidents caused by texting while driving are completely avoidable. Just put the phone in the glove compartment when driving, then there is no temptation to text while driving.
If you are a parent, you also need to set an example for your children and do not text while driving. If the children see their parents do it, what is going to stop them from doing it?
If you were injured in a car accident as a result of a driver who was texting while driving and would like to know your legal rights, feel free to contact the car and truck accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel J. O'Brien and his team have helped many injured innocent victims in car accidents in Pennsylvania.
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