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3 reasons people text and drive

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2023 | Personal Injury |

You may know that you should never text and drive. It’s illegal, for one thing, and it’s also dangerous. Texting is a type of major distraction that can lead to serious accidents.

However, you probably also know that people do this with a fair amount of frequency. If it’s illegal and dangerous, why do they do it? Here are three potential reasons.

They don’t realize it’s dangerous

Some drivers do honestly think that texting and driving isn’t all that dangerous. Maybe they do it a lot, so they think they have enough practice. Maybe they simply think that reports about the dangers of distracted driving are being over-exaggerated by the media.

They don’t believe an accident will happen to them

Another issue is that a driver may understand that texting and driving can cause accidents, but they don’t think that they will be involved in one. They just think of it as a problem for someone else. For example, maybe they think that they are better than average at multitasking – despite the fact that multitasking is not real.

They are addicted to technology

Finally, there are many cases of drivers suffering from cellphone addiction. This does make it more likely that they will use their phone in the car. They may not want to, and they may know it’s dangerous, but the addiction is simply too strong. This is often why they express regret after they have caused a serious – and completely unavoidable – traffic accident. 

What can you do? 

Those who have been injured in an accident caused by another driver need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.