Have you recently seen a teenager without a cell phone in their hands? These days, a teen can usually be found either texting or talking. They usually appear to be distracted from what's going on around them.
It's bad enough to be distracted while walking down the street or at the mall, but distracted driving is a dangerous practice that is becoming an epidemic on our roads. Talking and texting at the mall can possibly lead to bumping into another person or perhaps walking into a wall, but talking or texting while driving takes the driver's attention away from the road - increasing the risk of a serious accident.
Even though distracted driving has proven to be a danger, many teenagers still play the odds while on the road. A recent study conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center indicated that almost half of the respondents they surveyed (ages 16 to 21) said, "They had talked on a handheld phone while driving in the previous 30 days, while almost 30% said they had texted." Many said they saw their parents doing the same, turning their teens into negligent drivers themselves.
Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
As a parent, sibling or friend - set a good example. If you must use your cell phone, pull off the road and find a safe place to make a call or text a message. If you're in a vehicle where the driver is using a phone, ask him or her to put it down and stop gambling with your safety and your life.
If the unfortunate happens and you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, consult with the experienced injury and accident attorneys Peach & Weathers, in the San Bernardino county. We are passionate about holding distracted drivers responsible for the harm they cause in serious car accidents.
Our attorneys are familiar with the many tactics insurance companies employ to deny you the compensation you deserve. Please call our firm today and find out more about how we can help you. We are committed to achieving extraordinary results for each of our clients.