TEENS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AND DISTRACTED DRIVING
The leading cause of deaths for youths 15-20 years of age, are vehicle related accidents. It is imperative that all teenage drivers take great care and precaution when operating a vehicle and follow all the necessary rules of the road. The inexperience and sometimes-reckless behavior of most teens, lends itself to reckless behavior behind the wheel of a car. Keeping control of the vehicle at all times is important and when you’re distracted, that’s when accidents happen.
With the onset of text messaging and social media taking over our daily lives, teens are more and more susceptible to being on their cell phones at all times and texting while driving. It can be an uncontrollable urge for some and it has become a growing problem for many on the road today.
According to a recent study by Pew Internet Research Center, three out of every four 12-17 year olds currently own cell phones, which is an increase from 45% in 2004 and the studies show that these youth are in constant use of their cell phones. 72% of all teens, or 88% of all teen cell phone users are avid text messagers and 54% of them text every day
Texting has become the go-to form of communication these days and teens have taken full advantage of its simplicity and ease of use. However, it has become a form of communication very hard to resist and not easily of a habit to break. It’s important to be aware of when it’s appropriate to text and when it isn’t. Texting while driving are NEVER appropriate.
According to Pew Research Center, approximately one in four American teens (roughly 26%) have said they text while driving, and nearly half of all teens ages 12 to 17, say they’ve been with someone who has texted while driving. Behavior like this is indicative of the growing problem behind texting and driving and the willful negligence behind it. While it is a hard habit to break, it is not in control of your life and you are always able to set the phone aside and focus on driving safely.
Some common distractions while driving for teens and adults:
- Texting-Phone Calls
- Emailing-Web Searching
- Putting on Makeup
- Handling other objects while driving, i.e. food
As a Los Angeles car accident attorney , Balali Law has dealt with some of the worst accidents and injures due to negligence behind the wheel. Nearly 500,000 people are injured driving and another 6,000 people die each year due to texting, making phone calls while driving, or checking emails on their phones.
With the popularity and advancements in social media technologies, these numbers could continue to skyrocket. Balali Law is here to provide you with the help and guidance necessary to deal with being a victim of someone who was texting and driving, whether it be a teen or and adult.
Balali Law has the experience and tenacity necessary to provide top of the line legal representation and get you the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained in an accident of this nature. Whether you are a teen or an adult, texting while driving is never a valid option and we urge you to stop before more reckless accidents and deaths occur.