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Texting and driving: The dangers are real

Texting and driving is dangerous; it puts many people's lives at risk. Did you know that sending just one text can take your eyes off the road for around five seconds? That length of time is long enough to travel the length of a football field while you drive at 55 mph. Imagine all the things you wouldn't see in that distance; it's possible that drivers who text could miss seeing a pedestrian or cross a center line without noticing.

Teen drivers who text reportedly spend up to 10 percent of their driving time outside the road's lanes, proving that taking your eyes off the road can quickly become hazardous to yourself and others. On top of that, 19 percent of all drivers have admitted to surfing the Internet while driving, even though they are aware of the dangers.

AT&T's survey of teen drivers reported that 97 percent of all teens knew that texting and driving is dangerous. Despite that fact, 43 percent of those teens texted while driving, anyway, making them potentially dangerous to others and themselves.

While texting and driving is not prohibited in all states, 43 states and Washington, D.C. all ban it. In these locations, getting caught texting can result in anything from fines to license suspensions.

Our website has more information on texting and driving and the dangers it can cause to those on the roads. If you've been hit by a truck driver who was texting, it's important to file a claim for compensation, so you can be fairly compensated for the pain and suffering you've been put through.

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