Texting and driving is very dangerous. Often, though, it’s not that the person in the car decides that it’s time to write and send a text while behind the wheel. Instead, they get a text message, and they feel obligated to read it — and, possibly, to respond to it. In this way, outside forces can pull them out of their driving focus and put them at risk of an accident.
There are two important texting stats that help to show how this happens. First off, consider the open rate for text messages. It’s right around 98%. When compared to email and other forms of communication, that’s massive. People open almost every single text message that they ever get. When these messages are sent, all parties involved expect them to be opened, and that can put pressure on the person who got the message.
How long does it take to open and read a text message?
That pressure translates into relatively quick action. For nine out of 10 messages, it takes no more than three minutes for the person to open the message and read what it says.
What this means is that people who are driving rarely wait until they get out of the car. They don’t even take the time to pull off of the road. They instinctively open that message right away.
The way that people automatically react to incoming texts and feel pressured to read and respond to them is part of the reason these car accidents keep happening. If you get injured by a distracted driver, you need to know how to seek compensation.