California readers are already very familiar with the risks of texting and other cellphone use while driving. Particularly for teens, being distracted while behind the wheel can have serious consequences and can affect many lives. Recent car accidents around the country have reminded drivers and parents that it is not worth the risk to text from behind the wheel.
In one case, a young man sent a text message to a friend saying that he needed to stop texting, acknowledging the danger of texting while driving, just moments before he lost control of his car and crashed into a ravine. The young man suffered from many different injuries in the crash, including broken bones and a punctured lung and a head injury.
His injuries were severe, and many teens in similar situations suffer similar injuries or death during a car accident. Within one week this month, car accidents claimed the lives of 15 teens in three different states, underscoring the tragic consequences of speeding, texting, or drinking while driving.
In each of these cases, the teen drivers were traveling with a car full of friends, some of whom suffered serious and some fatal injuries during the accidents. Motor-vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death among teens, even though overall traffic fatalities have decreased over the past decade.
The young man who survived his texting-while-driving crash says that he plans to tour area high schools to spread the message that teens need to be more careful and be aware of the very real dangers of texting while driving.
Source: CNN, "Fatal wrecks underscore risks for young drivers" Tom Watkins, Mar. 13, 2013
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