Despite continued warnings, high-profile campaigns, and countless examples of injury and death, texting while driving continues to be a serious problem. More accustomed to the relatively new means of communication, teenage drivers are particularly susceptible to the distracting behavior.
Most teenagers who receive their learner's permits and driver's licenses today are not aware of a time when communicating via cell phone or computer was non-existent. Being from a more tech savvy generation, texting is as natural as speaking to someone face to face.
Sometimes known as driving while intexicated, sending a quick note or emoticon while navigating the roads may seem like a timesaving balancing act. In the end, the "balance" is anything but equal. Eyes move from a windshield to a small screen, all too often resulting in tragedy.
The Federal Communications Commission recently published statistics from various surveys that revealed a staggering forty percent of American teens admitting to being in a car where the driver's use of a cell phone put people in danger. Even more alarming is the eleven percent of 18 to 20 year old drivers who survived a car accident admitting to texting when the crash occurred.
These studies combined with laws banning texting and driving in nearly all 50 states, awareness should begin at home. Clear and simple explanations can go a long way to educate teens. Even more effective are parents set their own example, resisting the urge to drive without distractions.
If a teen driver is involved in a texting while driving accident, consulting with an attorney at Loney & Schueller, LLC will provide necessary and up-to-date information on the laws and possible consequences.