Teenagers who send text messages while driving not only place themselves in danger, they run the risk of hurting, even killing, other motorists.
In a survey of 1,000 teenagers conducted by AAA last summer, 61 percent admitted to risky driving habits. Of that 61 percent, 46 percent said they text message while driving and 51 percent chat on their cell phones while behind the wheel.
William Van Tassel, the manager of AAA Driving Training, remarked at the time: “Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens claiming more than 6,000 15- to 20-year-olds each year. Inexperience behind the wheel coupled with poor decision-making ability make it even more important for teens to stay focused when driving.”
As a result, some states are clamping down on teen texting and driving. This month, a California law goes into effect which bans 16- and 17-year-olds from sending text messages or talking while driving, except in an emergency.
The same law requires adult drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on a cell phone but does not specifically prohibit adults from texting.
As the Associated Press notes, the law is part of a recent nationwide trend that is calling attention to the dangers of multitasking while driving. This past year, 33 states considered bills that would have tackled the question of driver distraction.
Whether you’re a teen or an adult, multitasking on the road is not an intelligent choice. Sending text messages, talking on the cell phone, shaving, putting on make-up and reading are not compatible with driving.
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. we hope you can avoid a future accident. However, if you were unfortunate enough to be involved in an auto accident, rest assured that help is available. Because car and truck accidents are all we do, please schedule a free consultation with St. Louis car accident attorney Chris Hoffmann by calling us at (314) 361-4242 or filling out our personal injury contact form.