In Nevada, it is illegal to talk on a cellphone or text while driving. The dangers of engaging in these driving practices has been widely publicized. Unfortunately, drivers in Henderson as well as throughout Nevada continue in this incredibly deadly practice. This increases the likelihood that you or a family member will be seriously injured at Southeastern Ave & St. Rose Parkway—the most dangerous intersection in Henderson—on North Green Valley Parkway, or on other busy streets and highways in our city.
Why Texting and Driving Is a Recipe for a Car Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people lost their lives in auto collisions in 2016 due to distracted driving. While all distractions are unsafe, texting is especially dangerous because it involves three levels of distraction:
When a person is texting, his eyes are off the road.
One or both of a person’s hands are off the steering wheel when he is texting.
The task of sending a message takes a driver’s mind off driving.
People who are texting fail to realize just how far they can travel and how much can happen around them when they text. If they are traveling at 55 miles per hour, they will drive the length of a football field in just five seconds. Even if they are driving more slowly on Henderson’s busy streets, they can fail to see many dangers—such as the driver in front of them slamming on his brakes—when their eyes and mind are focused on reading or sending a text.
Other Dangerous Distracted Driving Habits?
Texting is not the only risky behavior drivers engage in that causes accidents. Other types of distracted driving include:
- Talking on a cellphone—even if it is hands-free
- Eating and drinking
- Setting a GPS
- Fiddling with instrument controls
- Engaging in personal grooming
- Reading or watching a video
- Talking to passengers
Have You Been Involved In A Henderson Or Las Vegas Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule a free initial consultation.