Do drivers text behind the wheel due to an addiction?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distractions can take multiple forms including cognitive, manual and visual. Texting is particularly dangerous for those on the roads as it combines all three of those. While many states have outlawed texting while driving, individuals nonetheless continue to participate n this distracted driving behavior. In some situations this can result in devastating car accidents leaving those involved seriously injured or even dead.

Some believe that drivers who text do so because they are addicted to their cellphones. More specifically, some behavioral psychology experts claim that as is the case for those addicted to gambling, smoking or drug use, dopamine is released in some individuals while using a cellphone. As a result, these individuals would probably have a hard time leaving their phone out while driving, and not checking it.

Placing a cellphone in a location where a driver cannot see it while driving could help reduce the chance that they will grab it when they should be watching the road. Some believe the passage of laws to this effect would go a long way toward helping those people refrain from taking that action while behind the wheel.

Individuals who are hurt in a crash due to distracted driving may be unable to work for some time, if ever again. In addition, massive medical bills could accrue. To help cover the expenses tied to this kind of accident, a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.

Source: The Huffington Post, “We Need to Consider Stronger Laws on Cellphone Use While Driving,” Brad Stulberg, Oct. 27, 2014