Inclement Weather and Texting While Driving

snowy highway traffic

Throughout the years, the lawyers of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley have seen the dangers of texting while driving. However, the levels of danger are heightened even further when this practice is combined with inclement weather. This hazardous combination may result in an increase of accident injuries and fatalities.

“Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road longer than any other distracted driving offense,” auto accident attorney Scott Mann says. “It involves reading, writing and reacting to a message, which takes at least 5 seconds. If you are driving 55 mph, this means you are not looking at the road for 100 yards.”

There are 660,000 drivers in the United States at any given time who are using a cell phone or electronic device (National Occupant Protection Use Survey). Texting while driving has even surpassed DUI as the leading cause of teenager vehicular death. The Cohen Children’s Medical Center conducted a 2013 study that estimated 3,000 teen deaths and 300,000 injuries were the result of texting while driving.

“Texting while driving is actually a problem for drivers of all ages,” Scott says, “Motorists who text while they drive are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than motorists who are driving while intoxicated.”

“When texting while driving is combined with inclement weather, the results are even more tragic.” — Scott Mann

A road surface covered in snow, ice, sleet or rain significantly decreases a driver’s reaction time. Bad road conditions make stopping, lane changes, and turning much more complicated. It takes the full attention of a motorist to safely drive a vehicle on a dangerous road. However, texting drivers are too busy looking at their phones. They have even less reaction time, which can cause an accident that results in injury or even death.

If you have been victimized by a texting driver, please call our auto accident attorneys for a consultation. The needs of the client always comes first at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley. We are honored to serve you and your case!