The average weight of a motor vehicle in the United States is 4,000 pounds, so — as you might imagine — piloting a heavy object like this through traffic that includes other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists is a weighty responsibility. One false move, a tiny slip-up, and someone could die in an instant.

Considering the real and present risks that every driver faces on the road, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would be so foolish as to engage in texting-while-driving, eating or other distracting behaviors while driving. Nevertheless, if you look around at your fellow drivers in Atlanta traffic, you will find countless motorists with their noses buried in their smartphones, stuffing their faces with fast food, having heated conversions with passengers or struggling to pair a Bluetooth device with their vehicle audio systems.

This behavior is exceedingly dangerous, and it’s time for it to stop. In fact, one of the most important things that modern drivers can do to potentially save the lives of their fellow drivers and passengers is to put their smartphones out of reach. Texting while driving kills and injures thousands of Americans every year, and as we become more addicted to our digital devices, the situation is only getting worse.

If you were involved in a serious auto accident caused by a distracted driver, stand up for your legal rights in court. You may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and financial damages relating to the costs of your medical care, property damage, time spent unable to work, pain and suffering and more.