Texting and Driving: Teenagers
As recently as August of this year, a Wisconsin teen was named the fastest texter in the United States. Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wisconsin was able to outpace the competition in a number of tests that measured speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Technology had invaded every aspect of our society. Sparse is the place where you don’t see someone in front of their screen, intently focused on whatever app, text, or website happens to be of importance at the moment. Its not just limited to texting and driving. Any time you use your phone, tablet, or handheld device while driving, you’re diverting your attention from the roadway. Like driving under the influence of alcohol, your reactions are slowed, judgement is skewed, and responses are delayed. In fact, if you’re text while driving, the chances of a wreck increases 23 times. On average, reading or sending a text diverts the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds; nearly the same as distance as driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.
In 2006, a survey of almost 1,000 teenagers showed that 37% of students found texting to be “very” or “extremely” distracting. A study by the American Automobile Association found 46% of teens said they were distracted behind the wheel of a car because of texting. This is especially alarming because 40% of teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.
There is little debate that texting and driving is dangerous. It is especially dangerous for our youngest drivers who will not be able to put down their electronic devices for just few minutes each day. If you, your spouse, or someone you love has been injured because of texting and driving, call us today. We have extensive experience in handling automobile accident lawyer and staff will work our hardest to help you obtain the justice you deserve.