Texting while driving is dangerous. So dangerous in fact, that of the fatal crashes caused by distracted drivers in 2012, sadly 3,328 people died. Mobile use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel.
Because of this fact, Volkswagen recently produced a progressive commercial to encourage drivers not to text while driving. The goal of the ad is to help build awareness of this very well known problem by the personal injury law industry. They showed the commercial in a movie theater in Hong Kong and the message is powerful.
Also in 2012, the U.S. government estimated that 421,000 people were injured by distracted drivers. These numbers are staggering and clearly show the value in encouraging drivers not to text while driving. The government stated that 10% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. On average, one text causes the person to look away from the road for five seconds. Therefore, if you’re driving at 55 mph that’s like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
Statistics also show that at any given moment in America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones and just reaching from a phone or other device increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road To Avoid Fatal Crashes
Here at Petersen Johnson Personal Injury Law, we understand the emotional and financial damage a car accident can do, let alone if they are fatal crashes. Our firm has committed to putting our phones away when getting behind the wheel. We strongly encourage you to as well for your safety and the safety of others. If you, a family member or a friend have ever been injured by driver texting, please don’t hesitate to call us for free advice.