While any sort of distraction while you are driving can be dangerous, what makes texting and driving such a deadly combination is that it involves all three main types of distractions.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving can be broken down into three main types of distraction: 1) VISUAL in which you take your eyes off the road, 2) MANUAL in which you take your hands off the wheel, and 3) COGNITIVE in which you take your mind off what you are doing.

While any sort of distraction while you are driving can be dangerous, what makes texting and driving such a deadly combination is that it involves ALL THREE main types of distractions.

Statistics show that around 20% of all crashes involve some type of distraction, and in 2008, nearly 6,000 people were killed in collisions involving a distracted driver.

And even though many states have banned or are considering bans on texting while driving, it is really up to drivers themselves to use common sense. When you're behind the wheel, put the phone down entirely, or if you absolutely have to text, pull over to a safe area on the side of the road or into a parking lot.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident by a distracted driver in Erie or elsewhere in northwest Pennsylvania, you can contact the experienced Erie car accident attorneys at Purchase & George for a free evaluation of your case. We are familiar with these kinds of cases and would be pleased help you.