Many teenagers these days have smartphones. If you are a parent, I think you will probably agree with me that the main source of communication between teenagers is texting via their smartphones.
This is also why there is a legitimate concern that teen drivers are more likely to text while driving. When you are at a stop light the next time, take a look around you, and you will probably see at least one or two drivers around you texting on their cell phones.
When I was stopped at a stop light in Philadelphia today, I heard loud music coming from the car next to me. I saw a car full of young teens who couldn’t have been over the age of 18. The driver and the passenger were both looking down at their cell phones texting, laughing and talking at the same time. I was about to roll down my window and tell them that they shouldn’t be texting when the light turned green. The teen driver continued to look at her phone when she started driving again.
I regret the fact that I wasn’t able to say anything to them before they pulled away and hope that they do not get into an accident by hitting another car or hitting a pedestrian.
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However, the problem is not just with teen drivers. You may be surprised to know that adults texting while driving is a bigger problem than teens texting while driving. AAA conducted a survey last year, and the results showed that adults text while driving more than teen drivers.
AAA’s spokesperson said that adults have jobs and may feel the need to check their phones in addition to checking personal emails and texts on their phones while driving.
There are many no texting while driving campaigns sponsored by many entities, including car insurance companies like State Farm and phone companies like AT&T. The main target audience for those campaigns is young teen drivers.
Perhaps there should be campaigns aimed at adult drivers to prevent them from texting while driving. It doesn’t matter how safe adult drivers think they are or how great they are at multitasking; texting while driving is dangerous and causes serious and even fatal car and/or pedestrian accidents.
There are always reports of texting while driving accidents around the country, and Pennsylvania is no exception. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident because the driver at fault was texting while driving, you have legal rights. Call Daniel J. O’Brien, an experienced PA personal injury lawyer to help you. He will give you the attention you need and help you obtain the maximum financial recovery. 877.944.8396
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