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Why do people still text while driving?

Texting and driving has gotten to be a bit of an interesting problem, in that people know it’s a risk. There are billboards, television commercials, police campaigns and online ads against it.

But, even understanding the risk, people keep doing it. Why is this?

There are a lot of reasons, the biggest of which is that people really do think that they can do two things at once. They’re probably a little bored while driving the same roads every day. Multitasking sounds simple and easy, no matter what the crash statistics look like.

There’s also something to be said for the way that people crave distractions and entertainment. You’ve probably spent plenty of time watching TV and browsing Facebook on your phone at the same time. Many people are nearly addicted to entertainment and just can’t stop looking for it, even when they should be driving.

Some experts have also suggested that narcissistic behavior plays a role. People want to share that picture with their friends, and they want to do it now. They want the likes, the comments and the shares. They crave that attention and will take a risk to get it.

Finally, there’s just a false sense of invincibility. You know accidents happen, but you always think they’ll happen to someone else. With everyone thinking it, someone has to be wrong, but that mindset is hard to shake.

Have you been hit by a driver who was texting? If so, it may be time to look into the legal options that you have, especially if you’re facing serious medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Quoted, “7 Scientific Reasons We Text & Drive and 3 Practical Solutions for Quitting,” Jaime Netzer, accessed Oct. 12, 2017

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