Texting and Driving Accidents
When you drive, your eyes should be on the road at all times. It’s hard enough operating a vehicle safely without distractions. But there are some very sobering statistics surrounding the use of mobile devices and driving:
- A driver texting is 23 times more likely to have a crash
- A driver is 2.8 times more likely to have a crash if dialing
- A driver is 1.4 times more likely to have a crash while talking on the phone or listening to music
- A driver is 1.4 times more likely to have a crash while reaching for a phone
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3,500 drivers and occupants were killed due to distracted driving. And the age range of drivers who have the highest number of accidents is 16-24.
Most states have pretty clear laws regarding texting and driving. If you have an accident, you could could be arrested and fined. If you are responsible for an injury or death, you could face serious jail time.
While there are a number of campaigns warning teens and others of the dangers of texting and driving, there are other ways to help. People can lead by example and not text and drive. You can also give clear instructions to new drivers, letting them know the danger. Help them understand the seriousness of the issue and how distracted driving can result in injuries or death.