Have you ever been riding with someone who decided to text while driving? Maybe they had their phone sitting in the cup holder and it buzzed. They had an incoming text. You saw them look at it, think about it for a second, and then pick it up. 

To you, this behavior is atrocious. They’re putting your life and the lives of everyone else on the road in danger just to read that text. You can’t believe it. But, if you call them out on it and ask why they would pick up the phone, they may tell you that they “just had to.”

One common societal pressure that has arisen with texting is the pressure to text back quickly. Most people feel this to some degree or another. 

This is vastly different than it used to be where phones are concerned. Before cellphones, people would call, leave a message on your machine, and hope for a call back later that day. It could be hours. Before that, if you didn’t have a machine, they just hung up and tried again later. They might not get in touch with you until the following day — if ever. 

Now, though, we know that everyone has a cellphone on them at all times. There’s no excuse for being away from the phone. As a result, people are addicted to their phones and dedicated to responding quickly. They don’t want to appear rude. They may not even realize how strong this addiction is until they do something that could lead to a fatal car accident — all in the name of not keeping someone waiting for a few minutes. 

If you get injured in an accident caused by a texting driver, be sure you know what legal rights you have. to claim compensation for your injuries and losses. It’s usually wisest to speak with an attorney before you speak to the insurance company.