As phones get smarter, drivers get more distracted. Texting and driving is a habit that is fatal yet common. What exactly makes texting and driving so dangerous? How common is it? Who does it the most? What laws are there to prevent this habit and help victims of texting and driving accidents? These questions are answered below. The dangers Distracted driving comes in three main forms: cognitive, visual and manual. While every kind of distracted driving is dangerous, texting and driving is particularly risky because it combines all three. Texting and driving takes your eyes off the road, occupies one or more of your hands and distracts your thinking process. Even hands-free devices cause significant cognitive distraction.