New Science Regarding Texting and Driving Dangers
Every driver should be well aware of the dangers of texting and driving and that the practice is against the law in the state of Georgia1–and most states for that matter. Since smartphones gained popularity, texting, emailing, Facebooking and other online activities have become one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. This is mostly because using a smartphone to read or type text involves all three of the major types of distractions:
- Visual (looking away from the road to look at your phone)
- Manual (taking one or both hands off the wheel to use your phone)
- Cognitive (taking your mind off of the act of driving so you can focus on reading or typing)
Despite the very obvious risks of texting and driving, the U.S. government reported2 that at any one moment during any day in the U.S., an estimated 660,000 drivers are using mobile devices while behind the wheel.
One recent study3 examined how using a smartphone for text-based communication affects your cognitive functioning and found additional evidence to support the extreme dangers of texting while driving. The study measured the brain activity of subjects while they were engaging in different activities, including “nonauditory complex communication” (texting), talking on a cell phone, or engaging in physical activities like tapping their fingers. Researchers found that a person’s brain waves significantly changed when a subject was using a personal electronic device to text than when they were engaged in other activities.
The study showed that texting consumes your cognitive attention and often causes subjects to block out other important things–such as driving. This increased cognitive distraction only makes it more dangerous for people to use their smartphones while driving.
Drivers who continue to text and drive often cause serious accidents and injuries and these drivers deserve to be held accountable for their dangerous actions. Fortunately, the law allows victims of distracted accidents to recover from the negligent driver by filing a personal injury claim and an experienced Alpharetta auto accident attorney can help you prevail in your case.