We’ve said it again and again -- no text message is worth a life. Yet, texting while driving contributes to thousands of deaths a year -- 314,000 deaths in 2013 to be exact. And that number only continues to rise. Adults and teens alike frequently admit to knowing the dangers associated with this form of distracted driving, yet they still continue the practice.
By the numbers, here are the true implications of texting while driving:
- Automobile accidents are six times more likely to occur when a driver is texting than if they were driving intoxicated.
- 25 percent of all automobile accidents are now the result of texting while driving. That’s 1 in 4.
- Texting while driving is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds and traveling the length of a football field.
- More than 36 percent of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving.
- 60 percent of drivers now admit to using cellphones while driving. Yet 57 percent of drivers rate themselves as “better than the average” drivers.
In 46 states, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, texting is banned while driving for all drivers, regardless of age. Yet laws alone are frequently not enough to force people to change their behavior. Only the concerted actions of parents and members of the community will encourage true change.
To help keep yourself and loved ones from texting and driving, here are four simple things you can do to avoid texting while driving.
- Turn your cellphone on "silent" or completely turn your cellphone off.
- Put your cellphone out of reach, like in the trunk or glove box if necessary.
- Download an app that prevents you from texting while driving.
- Pull over to the side of the road to read or send messages.
Hupy and Abraham has worked very hard to spread the word about the dangers associated with texting and driving, specifically through our DNT TXT N DRV bumper sticker campaign and partnerships with local driving schools. Help spread awareness today. Get a free DNT TXT N DRV bumper sticker here, and please TAKE THE PLEDGE to never text while driving. You could save a life.As cellphone use while driving persists, the chances of being injured in a car accident with a driver who may be texting increases. In the event that you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of a careless driver, contact Hupy and Abraham right away for a free consultation. Call 800-800-5678, or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.