To Text or Not Text: 5 Consequences Of Texting While Driving
There is no text that is so important that it can’t wait. If you absolutely must send or answer a text message immediately, pull over to a safe area and proceed. Texting while driving is not taken lightly. This article will outline five consequences of texting while operating a vehicle.
One of the most common consequences is a ticket. If you are confirming tonight’s plans with your friends via text while driving, and a police officer sees you, it will be costly. Be prepared for a ticket that carries a fine of several hundred dollars, at least.
You may think that you are only diverting your attention from the road for a split second. However, in that split second you could cause a severe, even fatal accident. Quickly saying “hello” to someone, or telling your friend what time you’ll be arriving at an agreed upon destination is not worth injuring, or possibly killing anyone.
Some states can impose jail time for texting while driving if you end up causing an accident. Next time you find yourself on the road and reaching for your phone to send, read or answer a text message, ask yourself if that message is worth a prison sentence.
Points On Your License
We all work hard to try and maintain the best driving record we can. Texting while driving is a sure way to get points on your license, which will lead to increased insurance premiums, and possibly, loss of driving privileges. That’s a huge price to pay for a simple text message.
Many people take great pride in keeping their cars in excellent condition. If you are involved in an accident caused by texting and driving where everyone is lucky enough to walk away without physical injury, you still may have severe vehicle damage. Depending upon what your insurance covers, you can be facing huge bills for repairs, or worse, you can have a totaled car. No matter the extent of the damage, your bank account is sure to take a hit. You will also have to go through the trouble of arranging alternate transportation while your car is undergoing repairs, or while you are in the process of purchasing a new vehicle.
All consequences convey the same message, that texting while driving is not worth it. The effects are severe and costly. If you are involved in an accident that involves texting, whether you are at fault or not, get a hold of your attorney immediately.