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Texting while driving kills Texans: Do you need a reminder?

The use of smartphones is so ubiquitous -- and so addicting -- that it's easy for motorists to forget that using a smartphone while operating a motor vehicle is extremely deadly. In fact, scientific evidence has proven that texting-while-driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.

With news outlets publishing stories of deadly smartphone-caused accidents -- and with lawmakers throughout the country enacting stricter legislation to police and punish those who dangerously text and drive -- you might think that smartphone-related accidents would have declined by now. Unfortunately, a recent study says that this is not the case.

Drivers can't keep their hands off their smartphones

Approximately 94 percent of motorists want to ban texting while driving. However, a lot more than 6 percent of drivers are still engaging in this dangerous behavior. Just take a moment to look at other drivers while you're on the highway or stopped at a red light. You will see countless motorists with their heads buried in their electronic devices instead of paying attention to the road.

This problem of texting while driving is pandemic, it's societal, it relates to irresistibly addictive behavior and lawmakers and police are not going to solve it overnight with education campaigns and stricter laws.

Driving while using a smartphone is 6 times more dangerous than DUI

Motorists who text behind the wheel are six times more likely to cause a vehicle accident than someone who's drunk. Everyone agrees that drunk driving is just as immoral as it is unlawful, but does society feel the same way about texting and driving? Not yet, and it may take time before drivers start coming around.

Were you hurt by a distracted driver?

If you were involved in a car accident due to no fault of your own, don't rule out the chance that texting while driving or distracted driving was the cause. Texters often drive into the back of cars because they aren't watching the flow of traffic in front of them. If texting-while-driving was a factor that caused your accident and injuries, make sure you understand your legal rights as an accident victim.

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