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Texting and Driving

by | Jul 27, 2018 | Firm News


The action of texting and driving at the same time has been considered to be dangerous for everyone, yet these accidents are still common. Some states even make it illegal to text and drive. To have a better understanding of why this is, you must know why texting is so distracting.

Why is Texting Distracting?

There’s actually a science behind why we get so diverted by text messages. Scientists have discovered differing brain waves that occur while a user is on their phone. Whenever we hear that jingle that’s associated with receiving a text, our brains release a hormone called dopamine. This is known as a “reward” for your mind, as it increases arousal. When texting, you are in contact with someone. Social interaction has a tendency to help with the release of dopamine. Texting could also give the same effects as gambling. What was the notification sound for? Who texted you this time? What did they say? The only way to know is by checking the phone.

How Texting on the Road is Dangerous for All Drivers

In order to check your phone, you have to take your eyes off the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at your phone for two seconds, because it’s that two seconds that a car accident can occur. While turned away, you may not see a car braking in front of you. You could miss a pedestrian that’s crossing the street, or even run a red light or stop sign.

Should You Contact an Attorney After Getting into an Accident with a Distracted Driver? Why?

If someone else is at fault you may believe that you won’t need an attorney. However, a lawyer can help you not only retain current losses, but determine any future losses you would receive. A personal injury attorney in Las Vegas would be able to find every detail of negligence involved with the distracted driver.

No matter how often we hear the hazards of texting and driving, there will always be the possibility of these types of accidents. Phone companies understand why texting is so distracting, which is why some employ a driving mode. Driving requires your eyes to be on the road, or you could accidentally collide with another car or person.

If a distracted driver hits your car, then you should contact a Las Vegas accident attorney at Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright to receive the full extent of compensation as a result of their negligence.