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Car accidents caused by texting and driving

Texting and driving remains a major problem in the United States, despite the fact that most drivers understand the risks. Furthermore, most people are familiar with the fact that this is illegal in many states, including Maryland.

Every year, there are many car accidents caused by texting and driving. In some cases, nobody is injured. In other accidents, one or more persons is injured or killed.

The following are statistics shared by Texting Thumb Bands, an organization dedicated to ending this problem once and for all:

-- Texting and driving causes approximately 1.6 million accidents every year.

-- Texting and driving is responsible for approximately 330,000 injuries every year.

-- Texting and driving plays a part in nearly 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to the above, here is another statistic that shows just how widespread the problem has become: "Texting while driving ... takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country."

Even if one driver is obeying the law, keeping his or her eyes and hands off of his or her mobile device, there is a good possibility that another person in close proximity is not doing the same.

Not only can texting and driving cause a motor vehicle accident, but the end result could be injury, death and a variety of property damage.

Local, state and federal authorities continue to search for new ways to eliminate texting and driving, hoping that their efforts make a difference.

If a person is injured in a car accident, such as one caused by somebody who is texting, he or she could be faced with many future health concerns as well as long-term treatment. Subsequently, their life is changed forever.

Source: Texting Thumb Bands, "Texting And Distracted Driving Infographic" accessed Feb. 23, 2015

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