Texting and driving causes 1 out of every four car accidents and over 300,000 injuries in the U.S.
You text your friends, boyfriend, and family regularly. You know how dangerous it is to text while driving, though, which is why you never do. Unfortunately, not everyone is as informed as you are and other people texting while driving is something you can’t control.
So, recently you were on your way home from work, and as you were stopped at a red light, someone crashed into the back of your car. You were injured in the car accident, and you will need medical attention. You noticed the person in the other car had a phone in his hand and was texting. You’re in pain, and your vehicle is in pretty bad shape because the person in the other car decided to text and drive.
At this point, most people know that texting and driving are dangerous, yet many people continue to do it. Texting has become so popular it isn’t uncommon to see a five-year-old texting her 85-year-old grandmother. It is less common to see people in their 70’s and 80’s texting and driving, but it does happen. Most states have laws in place with consequences for those who decide to text and drive.
Teenagers text and drive more than any other age group. They are new to driving, the rules, preventing accidents, and managing issues on the road. Studies show that teens know using their cell phone and social media apps while driving is dangerous, but they continue these behaviors.
When you add the distraction of texting to a new driver on the road, you are creating a disastrous situation.
The information below is from studies and the National Safety Council.
Keep in mind that texting and driving are dangerous, but using a cell phone in other ways can be just as dangerous. The main issue is that you are taking your eyes and your attention off the road. Many accidents take place when people use their GPS, check emails, or even make phone calls.
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