If I told you to close your eyes while driving for five seconds, you’d probably tell me not to be daft. Closing your eyes while driving would be dangerous. Yet, every day, thousands of drivers across the country may as well be driving with their eyes closed, for five seconds at a time, many times throughout the day. 

Reading or sending a text message while driving takes an average of give seconds, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA). Taking your eyes off the road to text is as bad as driving with your eyes closed.

Try an experiment next time you are a passenger in a car. Note where you are, close your eyes for five seconds and note where you are when you open them. Think about everything you missed on the road in those five seconds. How many motorcycles passed in the opposite direction? How many children were waiting to cross the road? How many people were sitting in their driveway waiting to pull out onto the street?

Texting while driving is dangerous, and it is the reason for too many car accidents. Even if you have learned not to do it, there are many other drivers out there who still use their phones while driving. Texting while driving is illegal in New York and most states, yet it is still prevalent. 

If a distracted driver causes you to have a car accident, seek legal advice. Negligent drivers should be held responsible for the damage and injuries they cause you.