Video. Texting while driving is becoming the leading cause of car accidents and fatalities on the roads. On average, a person reading a text takes their eyes off the road for 5 seconds. Seems like a quick look? Think again! In 5 seconds you can cross the double yellow line, drift into the car next to you or into the path of the truck coming in the opposite direction. In 5 seconds you can travel the length of a football field. Texting, would be driving it blindfolded.