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Distracted driving can turn deadly in the blink of an eye

Imagine you are driving down a busy street. There are cars around you, bicyclists next to you and people crossing the street at an intersection ahead. Now imagine closing your eyes, taking your hands off the wheel and driving through this same area.

Chances are that you would never do this, as it would be incredibly dangerous for you and the people around you. Unfortunately, this is exactly what distracted drivers do when they engage in texting while driving.

Why texting is so dangerous

When people are driving, they need to be aware of their speed, obey traffic laws, anticipate movements of other vehicles and navigate through roadway obstacles. While people think they can do all this while looking down at their phone and sending or reading a text, the fact is that it is not safe to do both.

One Pennsylvania woman is accused of trying - and failing - to text while driving safely. According to reports, she is facing charges that she was texting in the moments surrounding a fatal crash. She evidently crashed into another car, which then struck and killed a pedestrian.

Texting and driving takes a person's hands, eyes and focus away from driving. Even if that happens for just a few seconds, that can be long enough to drive the length of a football field.

Taking legal action if you are injured by a texting driver

If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a crash caused by a driver distracted by his or her phone, then you need to understand your legal options.

With the help of an attorney, you can build your case that the other driver was reckless or negligent and should be liable for damages suffered by you and your loved ones. While this cannot undo a devastating crash, it can help you cope with the aftermath and make it easier to rebuild your life.

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