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Why do people still text and drive?

In New Jersey, plenty of dangers exist on the roads. Distracted driving is an umbrella term for many of them, including one that has gotten quite a lot of press lately. This is texting while driving, an issue that some professionals are saying will one day surpass the dangers of driving under the influence.

Despite knowing that distracted driving is risky, CBS News claims that many people continue texting while driving despite the dangers. They also ask a critical question: why exactly do people still do it if they know it’s dangerous?

The answers are surprisingly varied. Some people feel as though they are expected to answer texts and messages immediately, no matter what they are doing. This can be for business matters or even just for personal acquaintances. Others fear they are missing out on things if they aren’t constantly checking their phone. Some admit to having an addiction to texting, while others claim that texting or checking the phone is simply a force of habit.

Perhaps alarmingly, a number of drivers who admit to texting also believe that their ability to focus on driving is not impaired by doing multiple things behind the wheel. This is despite many studies proving otherwise, showing that even one second without your eyes and attention on the road can be enough to lead to a fatal crash.

If you were harmed in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Consider seeking the opinion of an attorney if you would like to know where to take your case next.