In April, the parents of a 22 year-old college student, who was killed, as a result of his texting and driving, released his final text. Despite his spotless driving record, he lost control of the car, swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, and drove off an embankment to his death. His all important last text? “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw”
Texting while driving is an alarming trend, and a national epidemic. It’s quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers assume they can safely text and drive, but the numbers don’t lie.
Texting While Driving Causes:
1. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents
2. 330,000 injuries per year (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study)
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts)
Texting While Driving is:
1. Six times more likely to cause an accident than DUI
2. The same as driving after drinking four beers (National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)
3. The #1 driving distraction reported by teen drivers
Texting While Driving:
1. Multiplies, by 23 times, the chances of having a crash (National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)
2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time (VA. Tech Transportation Institute)
3. Done by 800,000 drivers, at any given time, across the country
Although common sense would tell us that texting while driving is dangerous, the popularity of this hazardous activity shows that we must act to prevent it. New York state intends to cut down on texting and driving with a new law that prohibits drivers from using any handheld devices. Penalties include violation points, fines, and even loss of driving privileges. The police are using specially equipped SUV’s, so that they can look into cars to see if drivers are texting. But probably the best way to avoid injuries and death from texting and driving is to avoid it in the first place.
Be Smart and Be Safe with These Five Tips:
Turn off your cell phone when driving.
If you must text or use your cellphone, safely pull off the road, before you begin.
Parents, talk to your teens, immediately, about the dangers of texting and driving, and do not text or call them when they are likely to be driving.
Parents, set an example by not texting or using your cell phone in the car, especially in front of your children.
Tell drivers that you ride with that you’d appreciate their not texting and driving while you are in their car.
Still think texting and driving are OK? Then take a look at this moving film:
If you or someone you know has suffered personal injuries as the result of a collision which was caused, in part, by a distracted driver, that driver may be legally required to pay money to make the injured person whole. If you have any questions regarding the legal rights of someone injured by a distracted driver, please call the Katter Law Firm, at 212-809-4293. We are happy to answer your inquiry.
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