“Yeah.” “Yes.” “LOL.” A simple text may seem like no big deal, but the five seconds it takes to send such a text can end a life when the person sending it is driving. In fact, research shows that a person is 23 times more likely to get into a crash if he or she is texting while driving.
Texting has quickly become a serious epidemic—leading to a rising number of car accidents in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Teens are especially at high risk of falling prey to this temptation:
- A recent AT&T survey stated that 75 percent of teens admit texting and driving is common among their friends.
- In similar surveys conducted through the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, at least one-fourth of teens admit to texting at least once every time they drive, and 20 percent engage in multi-message conversations while driving.
Just as teens are more likely to text and drive, so are they more likely to be injured or killed in a car accident involving texting. In fact, 11 teens die every single day in a texting-related crash according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Nationwide Campaigns for Texting and Driving
Due to so many teen deaths related to texting and driving, many local communities nationwide have started a campaign to not text and drive. Two such campaigns are available online, offering a multitude of information as well as the opportunity to take the pledge to not text and drive:
We are dedicated to doing our part in keeping your family safe from the devastation of a serious car accident in Harrisburg. If you have other suggestions on how to protect against distracted driving accidents, please let us know. We invite you to fill out our online form or start a chat with one of our representatives now.