Nearly half of U.S. high school students text while driving, according to a national survey of high school-age drivers, a habit that dramatically heightens the risk for car accidents. The Mobile, Alabama, injury attorneys at Long & Long are proud to help car accident victims and their families pursue the financial security they need to cope with medical costs, lost income, property damage and other expenses. Like drinking and driving, texting and driving is a choice that can have fatal consequences, and our lawyers work hard to hold drunk and distracted drivers accountable when their choices harm innocent people. The national study of more than 8,500 high school students ages 16 and older found that about 45 percent reported they texted while driving on one or more occasions; one in four said they texted while driving on a daily basis. The complete findings of the study, which focused on risky youth behavior, will be published in the June edition of the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that teens who text while driving are also more inclined to drive under the influence. Incidentally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if you text while driving, a rate similar to the risk of drinking and driving. This new research regarding teen texting habits comes on the heels of a data review by the National Safety Council that found deaths resulting from distracted driving accidents were underreported. If you were hurt or a family member was killed in an accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver, please contact Long & Long today for your free case consultation. Our accomplished injury lawyers welcome clients from the greater Mobile, Alabama, area.