People get addicted to alcohol, they get behind the wheel, and they cause accidents. Others get addicted to painkillers, and they too cause car accidents. Addictive behavior is not just dangerous to the person who is engaging in it, at least not when they can’t shake that behavior while they drive. It distracts them and makes them less safe, and that can put other people in the hospital.

But what about a smartphone? Can that cause the same problems? Do people text and drive because they are addicted to their phones?

It’s not 100 percent the same, but medical experts and psychologists say that it can be addictive. “Anything that you can become obsessed with, and you do so much that you don’t do the things you need to do…that can be an addiction,” said one psychologist. “And texting absolutely can qualify.”

One thing that people need to do is to keep their eyes on the road while they drive. They need to keep their hands on the wheel. They need to keep their thoughts on the job at hand.

All of that fades to the background when someone decides to text and drive. They think about what they’re reading or writing, they take at least one hand off of the wheel to use the phone and they look away from the road. That relentless addiction pushes them into unsafe behavior, and it can cause catastrophic accidents.

Have you been injured in one of these accidents when a texting driver caused a crash? If you’re facing high medical bills, you may be able to seek financial compensation.