You're hit by a teen driver who is texting behind the wheel. A loved one is killed in the accident. All you can do for months after the crash is wonder why that teen driver would be so careless, taking a risk that injured you and killed someone so close to you. Texting and driving is very obviously dangerous. What was so important that it couldn't wait?
The problem may not be that the teen driver didn't think he or she could wait. The teen may not have thought the text message was worth the risk. In reality, the teen may simply not have believed there was a risk.
For example, in one study, it was found that over 50 percent of teen drivers would text and drive, even when regulations forbade it. A full 27 percent of teens said they'd text, while 66 percent said they'd use apps. Just under 50 percent of teens said that a driver had been texting while they were riding along as passengers.
To find out why this was so widespread, a study also asked teens how much impact they felt that texting had on their ability to drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a full 25 percent said they didn't think it made any difference whatsoever.
They're wrong, as you know all too well after the accident. Texting is a serious distraction, it reduces reaction times, and it causes accidents. But it keeps happening because teens simply don't believe it.
In the wake of the deadly crash, you may want to look into your rights to compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Source: Guard Child, "Texting While Driving Statistics," accessed June 16, 2017