When you drive your car, you keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the steering wheel, and your mind on the task at hand. Driving is a complex task, and it requires all three of those actions working simultaneously to get you and your passengers to and from your destinations safely.
Anything that interferes with those tasks can increase your risk of being involved in a crash, and there’s no greater threat when it comes to distracted driving than texting. That’s because sending and receiving text messages involves three types of distractions:
- Visual—When you’re looking at your phone while texting, you aren’t looking at the road. That means you can’t see the road ahead and the movements of other vehicles.
- Manual—Texting requires taking your hands off your steering wheel. Letting go of the wheel even momentarily is enough to cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Cognitive—Reading text messages, thinking about what you want to say, and typing your responses all require attention and focus that should be devoted towards safe driving.
Just one of those types of distraction is bad enough, but the combination of all three makes texting while driving particularly dangerous. That’s why many states, including Nevada, have made texting while driving illegal.
Hurt by a Distracted Driver? You Deserve Compensation.
At the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we’re here to help people who were hurt due to other people’s negligence. Texting while driving is both illegal and widely known as being dangerous, and there’s no excuse for drivers who do it and cause accidents.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, our Las Vegas auto accident lawyers want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.