Every day in the United States, an average of eight people are killed because of distracted drivers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 1,200 people are injured because of distracted drivers.
Texting and driving have reached epidemic proportions across the country, according to the CDC. Texting and driving is one of the most common types of distracted driving, even as states pass laws making this activity illegal. There is a crucial New Year’s resolution everyone should keep: No texting and driving. There are five primary reasons why making ending texting and driving news years resolutions is a great idea.
You May Save a Life
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The key reason why you need to consider seriously giving up texting and driving in the new year is that you literally may save a life by doing so. As mentioned, everyday men, women, and children are killed in accidents involving a distracted motorist, including a driver who is texting at the time of an accident.
In the grand scheme of things, it is impossible to imagine a text that is so vitally important a response that jeopardizes the life of another is necessary. If responding to a text is vital, the solution is simple: pull to a safe stop and respond.
Penalties can be Stiff
An ever-growing number of states have passed laws making texting while operating a motor vehicle illegal. If you live in such a state, or if you happen to be driving through such a jurisdiction, you can face stiff penalties for violating the law.
Keep in mind that not only states are passing laws banning texting while driving. Many local units of government have enacted ordinances that prohibit the practice of texting while operating a motor vehicle.
The Costs of Being Sued
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If you end up injuring someone because you were texting while operating your car, you can face the prospect of paying a significant amount of money. You need to keep in mind that your automobile insurance may not be sufficient to cover all expenses involved in a lawsuit and you may end up personally responsible for compensation to an injured person as well as for your attorney fees. Keep in mind that there are law firms that focus on bringing lawsuits against people that cause accidents while texting.
The reality is that many automobile accidents, including those caused by distracted, texting drivers, result in multiple people injured. If that is the case, the costs associated with an accident increase dramatically.
Distracted driving accidents also result in fatalities each and every day. A lawsuit arising out of texting while driving accident can be devastating to you, including on the financial front.
It’s the Right Thing to Do
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A key to living a meaningful, balanced, productive life is making decisions because doing so simply is the proper course to take. Another reason while ending texting while driving your car is a wise New Year’s resolution is because it is the right to thing to do, the proper course to take in many different ways.
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
Finally, although you put other people at risk if you text while operating your car, you also jeopardize your own welfare. Single car accidents happen time and again when people are texting as they drive. If you don’t make this type of important New Year’s resolution, you might end up on the list of fatalities, or seriously injured people, in the new year.