As St. Louis car accident injury attorneys, it is our duty to do everything possible to spread awareness about motor vehicle accident prevention and other driving safety tips. We recently added a video on our YouTube channel called, “Distracted Driving is Like Driving Blind” that highlights the dangers of texting while driving. The video can also be viewed below:
What is so poignant about this video is its emphasis on how a driver who texts is not really focusing on the road. A driver sending or reading a text message on their cell phone is distracted on a visual, manual, and cognitive level. By taking their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off what they’re doing, drivers who text or talk on a cell phone significantly increase the chance of a car crash occurring.
The video also highlights that text messaging can wait until another time when a driver isn’t operating a vehicle that weights thousands of pounds. Texting and driving just isn’t worth it and whatever needs to be said or read can wait. If you don’t agree, consider that in 2009, 448,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents that were reported to have involved distracted driving, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, 995 distracted driving-related collisions that resulted in fatalities involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.
Although Missouri only bans texting while driving for motorists 21-years-old and younger, play your part in helping prevent auto accidents in Missouri.
Don’t text and drive! Be safe on the road, everyone!