Three additional states (New Hampshire, Oregon, and Illinois), have recently passed texting while driving bans. Nineteen states have now outlawed texting from behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The majority of Americans are in favor of this law; yet, many continue to text and drive, despite their awareness of the fatalities. Somehow, knowing and appreciating the risks are separate and distinct.
The significant majority of these “risk-takers” are teens. If you are a teenager (or an adult, for that matter), please view (warning: it is quite graphic) Britain’s public service announcement on texting; this PSA drew worldwide attention. Anyone reading this post should view this important PSA, especially those of you who continue to text while driving. The spot features three teenage girls engaged in texting while driving and who whose texting activities result in a horrific head-on collision with another vehicle. The camera lingers on three bloodied faces, shattering the windshield, and, of a crying child, whose parents were killed instantly in the "other car", pleading for her parents to wake up.
After viewing the PSA, please comment in the appropriate area at the bottom– Will you continue to text and drive? Why is this activity so important to you that you are willing to risk your life and others? All of us have “it won’t happen to me” attitudes; we get that, but it does happen to people like you, every single day. If you persist in this dangerous activity, it could very well happen to you. What are your thoughts?
New technologies seem to arrive, daily; these technologies become central to our everyday lives. But, they can’t help you if you’re dead; they will only be useful if used safely, responsibly, and without risk to you and to and others. Texting and cell phone use while driving are distractions that not only reduce concentration on driving, they often take your eyes off the road, and your hands off the wheel. Studies show that drivers who text while driving are six times more likely to be in an auto accident than those who don’t. Haven’t we heard this message over and over again? We hear of the fatalities and see the numbers, but we never actually see the graphic results. The British PSA is reality; do you want this to happen to you or your loved ones? When you don’t wear your seatbelt, you put yourself at risk, but when you text and drive, you put everyone at risk. Texting while driving is similar to a blind person getting behind the wheel and driving 70 MPH down the freeway; in both cases there are no eyes on the road. Would you support a law permitting the blind to drive?
Whether your state has a law banning texting or not, please, we implore you, do not text and drive. If and when you are tempted to do it, “just this once”, remember the PSA. Retain this post or the video and watch as often as necessary. Please, take your fingers off these small, hard to read, keyboards, put your hands on the wheels of your motor vehicles and keep your eyes on the road! Driving is not the time to “let your fingers do the walking.” It is time for all of us to focus on safe, distraction-free driving.
Lawsuit Financial, a leading provider of auto accident lawsuit funding all over the country and in your neighborhood, strongly supports a national ban on texting while driving. If you are one of the many people who have had the misfortune of being involved in an auto accident that is not your fault, you are seriously injured or disabled and are suffering serious financial setbacks as a result, auto accident lawsuit funding is available to assist you. If you are worried about paying bills and other financial obligations, contact us. We offer free case evaluations and will often provide the funding you need within 24- 48 hours. In the first days of a new year, make it your new year’s resolution to not text while driving. The life you save may be your own.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.