The Text Message that Changed my Life: The Dangers of Driving and Texting
As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I have written several posts about the dangers of texting while driving and how this activity can cause auto accidents resulting in serious personal injuries and death. A new video has been put out by AT&T, which shows the real consequences of this deadly habit. The video is entitled, “Dangers of Text Messaging and Driving.”
The video dramatically tells the story of how lives were changed because of texting. In one instance, a driver looked away from the road momentarily and his car struck a bicyclist and killed him. In another story, a young girl was texting to her sister when the sister took her eyes off the road and ran into a highway embarkment, killing herself. In another, a young man ended up with permanent brain damage.
The dangers of texting are obvious. We take our eyes off the road while driving–It’s like driving blindfolded. Studies now show that 28% of all accidents involve cell phone use. Texting while driving has been shown to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. I have four children of driving age. I am making them all watch this video to show them the real dangers and consequences of driving while texting. I encourage all drivers, especially our young drivers, to watch this video and learn from the tragic mistakes of others.