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The dangers of drinking and texting

Motorists in New Jersey may benefit from learning more about some of the significant dangers associated with teenage drivers. The two main risks associated with these types of motorists is driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while texting. Researchers have already proven that texting while driving can be equally as dangerous as drunk driving. Approximately 2,000 teens die from driving drunk each year, while around 3,000 are killed from texting and driving.

Using a cellphone while driving can reduce a young driver's reaction to the level equivalent to that of a 70-year-old motorist. Researchers claim that texting while driving makes motorists 23 times more likely to be in an accident. Simply dialing a number on a cellphone while driving makes motorists almost three times more likely to be involved in an accident. Traveling at highway speeds, a vehicle can travel the length of a football field if the driver's eyes leaves the road for merely five seconds.

While 10 percent of all motorists are under age 21, the age group accounts for 17 percent of all alcohol-related accidents resulting in death. These drivers are often described as lacking the ability to sufficiently assess the risks associated with their behavior and choices behind the wheel. Statistics show that alcohol is a factor in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle accidents involving teenage drivers. Younger motorists who drink and drive may be seven times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related accident.

Anyone injured by a car accident caused by a driver who was intoxicated or texting may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be prepared to gather evidence from the crash and help build a case that implicate the parties liable for the resulting damages. Plaintiffs in these cases are often compensated for medical expenses, vehicle repairs and loss of wages when unable to return to work.

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