You may think that it is very clear that texting and driving is dangerous. Looking away from the road while holding the wheel with just one hand puts everyone at risk.
Maybe you have even read the statistics. You know that the incidents of deadly texting and driving accidents have been climbing in recent years. One report found an increase of 8.8 percent. No other category increased that much.
The problem, though, is that teens often do not understand the risks. They were asked if they thought that drunk driving could lead to a fatal accident. More than 50 percent said that they did.
If even that feels far too low because you believe that should be 100 percent, then you will be shocked to know that they were also asked about distracted driving. A mere 35 percent said they thought texting and driving could be deadly.
Another report found that no age group had more distracted driving incidents than those drivers from 16 years old to 24 years old. Young people have always been a high-risk age group, but they are especially dangerous when it comes to distracted driving.
That makes sense when you consider that many of them honestly do not think they could cause a fatal crash simply by texting. As long as they do not accept that reality and understand the ramifications of distracted driving, these risks are going to continue to plague public roads.
Have you gotten hurt in an accident with a distracted driver? If so, make sure you know what legal options you have to seek out financial compensation.