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The Risks of Texting While Driving

| Feb 10, 2011

Texting while driving increases the chance of an accident by eight times, according to news reports. So why is the distracted driving act becoming more and more common? Drivers who just can't seem to put their technology down are causing increasing car accidents, which are often fatal.

According to studies, Texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. And while some may think teenage drivers are the culprit, the act is just as common among adult drivers.

Despite texting and driving being illegal, many drivers still try to get away with sending a quick, "I'm on my way," or "LOL" text while on the road. So far, 31 states have a ban or restrictions on texting while driving. Supporters of texting bans aim "to make phone-related distracted driving as socially and legally unacceptable... as drunk driving is today."

As a North Charleston car accident attorney, , I urge drivers to never text and drive.  Cell phone laws, however, may not be enough to dissuade teens from using their phones and causing a car accident. I urge parents to talk to their teenage drivers about distracted driving and cell phone use.

If you have been injured in a car accident related to distracted driving, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .

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