When trying to figure out ways to prevent distracted driving car accidents we often overlook the obvious: the perspective of the texter.
My guess is that most people reading this are not teenagers, the most likely group to text and drive. The following essay was written before the recent efforts in Michigan to ban texting while driving. It has been edited for timeliness and length, but all the salient points remain. The essay was featured on Traverse City Record-Eagle’s website and was written by Traverse City West Senior High School junior Kelly Brown: … A beep signals from your phone. You go to grab it and take a look and see your friend would like to know where you want to go tonight. It only takes a minute for you to open your phone and respond to the text, but it also only takes a minute for your life to be over. Hundreds of teenagers and adults across the nation reach for their phones and decide to text while driving. They are making the decision that at that moment a text message is more important than their lives.
The risks of texting while driving are rising, and your life is on the line.Texting while driving is a distraction and not only is your life on the line, but so is someone else’s. The risks of taking your eyes from the road for a split second are dangerous. Due to the many dangers that tag along with a driver’s license, insurance companies and car companies are trying to figure out ways to stop this problem. When the privilege of a license is placed into the hands of a teenager, so is the responsibility of life. The definition of freedom is the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
Every teenager experiences freedom when the gift of driver’s license is place into his or her hands. Freedom is the feeling of being able to go where you please, not being held back, and being on your own for once. With this freedom comes the responsibility of knowing that you are in charge of your life, and the decisions you make will decide the outcome of it.
Imagine, friends in the car, cell phone in hand and you take off on a trip. Think of the distractions in your car at that moment.You have to keep your mind on the road but that cute boy or girl from class is texting you and you’re so eager to text back. You quickly grab your phone and send a simple reply back. Thumbs punching away, you take your eyes off the road for a split second, look back up and a car is spinning out of control heading towards your car. Now your friends and you are in the hospital with serious injuries. Some 46 percent of drivers ages 16 to 17 admit to texting while driving.
Not only is texting while driving dangerous, but it is also costly.You may have to pay to get your car fixed, towing fees, hospital fees, insurance and a fine for texting while driving. On the other hand, I can see why many teens think driving and texting is not unsafe. There is no real way to tell if a death is the result of a teen texting and driving because the phone is shattered during the crash.
…………. Hopefully, this teenager’s perspective is shared by others her age. She understands that texting and driving is dangerous and causes car accidents.
It is concerning, however, that at the end of her essay she identifies why so many teenagers continue to drive distracted.We need to find a way to move beyond that and convince distracted drivers that even a small chance that texting may cause a car accident is enough of a reason to avoid it altogether. This information is provided by www. straighttalklaw. com, where you can order free books on Washington auto accidents, auto insurance, and other valuable legal information, offered as a public service by personal injury attorney and author Jason Epstein and his auto accident, motorcycle accident, and wrongful death law practice in Seattle, Washington.