Girl Survives First Texting While Driving Accident, Dies in Second
A California mother is speaking out about the death of her daughter in the hopes of raising awareness of distracted driving dangers. Her daughter was involved in a texting while driving accident in 2006 where she was broadsided by another driver after running a stop sign, causing her car to roll three times before landing on its roof. Thankfully, she survived with minimal injuries. Despite vowing to put her phone away, one year later, the young woman was texting when she lost control of her car and crashed on the interstate. Tragically, she did not survive the accident.
Stories like this one are what motivates us at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law to combat distracted driving. We have launched several "don't text and drive" campaigns and actively support distracted driving awareness in the region and urge all drivers to put away their phones and focus on the road ahead. No message is so important that it is worth risking your life.
Fighting to Combat Distracted Driving
The mother of this young woman is committed to preventing other young drivers from making the same fatal mistake her daughter made. She regularly speaks at schools and other venues, encouraging teens to think about the consequences and put away their phones. She also speaks in conjunction with presenters from Impact Teen Drivers. The organization explains to teens that your likelihood of crashing increases with each distraction. Common distractions for teen drivers include:
• Having passengers in the car, especially other teens
• Reaching for your phone
• Checking a text
• Surfing the web
• Responding to a text
• Talking on the phone
Responding to a text is considered the most dangerous distraction, increasing your likelihood of an accident by 16 times, according to Impact Teen Drivers. This activity draws your eyes, hands, and attention from the road for a prolonged period, leaving you at risk of running a stop sign or signal, losing control of your vehicle, or failing to notice traffic slowing or stopping ahead.
While hands-free driving laws have passed in some states, many road users continue to text and drive. Teens are consistently the group most at risk of driving distracted. For this reason, programs like Impact Teen Drivers, and speakers, such as the California mom who sadly lost her daughter, are needed to raise awareness. Teens may not be heavily deterred by the thought of a distracted driving ticket, but could be less likely to text and drive if they recognize the true costs of such behavior, which include injury and death.
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