The popularity of mobile devices has created a dramatic increase in distracted driving, causing major and sometimes fatal accidents. Texting while driving endangers you and those around you and the current levels of injury and lives being lost are at an all time high.
- In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.
- According to a Pew survey, 40 percent of all teens report having been in a car when the driver was using a mobile device in a way that would put people in danger.
The FCC has made it their job to stop texting while driving. They are working with safety organizations and other government agencies to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving. There is no nationwide ban on texting while driving, however, many states have enforced a ban on it.
What Can You Do?
- Discuss the issue. If you have a teen driver let them know that texting while driving will not be tolerated.
- Be a good example. Don’t text while driving in front of younger kids. Kids learn by example, so set a good example by not texting and driving.
- Be informed and active. Set rules for yourself and your household on texting while driving. Share information about distracted driving with your children and other family members.
Texting while driving can be very dangerous and can have serious consequences. So, before you pick up your phone to text, ask yourself, is it really worth it?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, get the help you deserve and call the McMinn Law Firm today.