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Drivers continue texting knowing risk of car accidents

As human beings, our ability to rationalize our own behavior is astounding. In any number of scenarios, individuals are able to justify actions that they know are beyond defense. This seems to be an inherent aspect of human nature, but one that can have serious consequences. Driving while texting is a prime example, and it can lead to serious car accidents in Hawaii and across the nation.

A recent survey showed that virtually everyone is aware of the risks of driving while texting. However, that same survey revealed that, even though drivers know that they are risking their own lives and those of others, many continue to text while operating their vehicles. As many as two-thirds of respondents reported reading or responding to text messages while stopped at a stop sign or traffic light. Twenty-five percent of those who were asked said that they text while driving.

Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways and one that deserves more attention. When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, the risk of a serious car accident increases. When drivers attempt to conduct entire conversations via text message, the risk level reaches critical levels.

Drivers in Hawaii are responsible for the actions they take before and during any given drive. Just as one is expected to not drink before driving, it is also unacceptable to drive while one's attention is on a cell phone and not the road. For those who are injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, it is important to know that there are legal options that can help recover the financial damage brought on by the negligence of another.

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "Survey finds people text and drive knowing dangers", Barbara Ortutay, Nov. 4, 2014

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