“Four little letters that’s what killed her.” (AT&T) Was the last text you sent worth paralysis, mental disability or even worse, dying? Within the past five to ten years cell phone use has been on the rise. There are about 285.6 million cell phone users in the U.S. (Trisko and Richerd par 1). These cell phones are a huge cause of many car accidents. Americans using their cell phones to text, call, or surf the internet while driving is the cause of up to about 80% of accidents (TextingnDriving par 1). So many people are seen using their phones while driving it is becoming impossible for police to gain control over the issue. People should not text and drive because, by altering their concentration it can result in dangers to themselves …show more content…
Most of these people are either seriously injured or in many cases paralyzed. The passenger of someone who decided to text and drive was in “AT&T’s Don’t Text While Driving” Documentary, he was declared dead on the scene three times. He is now lucky to be alive. Unfortunately he is unable to walk on his own or dress himself. His life is completely changed because the driver wrote one text that sent them out of control and into a tree. 24% of spinal cord injuries are caused by a car accident (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation). With most spinal cord injuries the victims are usually paralyzed from the waist down. Xzavier Bilbo of Wisconsin was walking in the crosswalk when he was hit by a woman who was texting and driving. Xzavier is now paralyzed from the diaphragm down (Williams). “Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash.” (National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.) That means that you are 23 times more like to paralyze yourself and or your …show more content…
The drivers who survive the accidents can experience post traumatic stress syndrome, which is common in those who have seen or experienced trauma. Liz Marks got into a car accident after picking up her phone to read a text and is now blind in one eye, partially paralyzed, and her face is disfigured. This is mentally affecting her because her friends are no longer associating with her. Marks is realizing that reading the text was not worth what she is going through now. They may suffer from flashbacks to the event or bad dreams (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome par 1). “Hyperarousal symptoms” sometimes occur which are; being scared easily, trouble sleeping, and issues with anger (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome par 3). The biggest effect of a texting and driving accident is the guilt some drivers feel. They feel guilty about the pain they caused to their friends and their families. So much pain is caused after one of these accidents. Chandler from the AT&T Texting and Driving campaign was texting and driving when he struck and killed three children. “There’s never a day that I wake up that I don’t think about it” (Chandler). Soon the drivers realize it was not worth it for them to send or read that short text. It is normal for these people to experience these feelings and emotions. These can last for a short time which is called acute
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distraction because it involves all three types of distraction all at once. For instance, you a receive a text while driving that says, “Are you on your way?”. Your mind starts to focus on your location at that present moment, instead of you paying attention to the road, this is considered cognitive distraction. Visual distraction occurred when you read the text, your eyes were no longer looking at the road ahead. When you applied to the text “Yes, I am on the way” manual distraction happened because you no longer had both of your hands on the
Even though, some people understand the dangers of texting while driving, but they are still doing it when they drive their cars. It is one of the most issues we have in the current time of texting while driving. In addition, many people died by accidents on the highways and the roads, and the reason behind that is the texting while diving. Also, the most people who were the victims of texting while driving were young people. About 660,000 U.S. drivers are using the technology while they are driving.
According to Inkteen.com “In 2009, 5,474 lives were taken and 448,000 people got injured from car accidents from being distracted while driving, says the government.” Being able to drive may be a dream comes true, but it could easily turns into a nightmare that is never woken up from. The use of technology has grown in constant for many years, distracting people from things that are important. Texting and driving is one of the biggest problems in USA. However, not only are drivers putting themselves in danger, they’re putting passengers in their car and other drivers on the road in danger, too.
One of the prime causes of car accidents is texting and driving, and is banned in almost every state. The abundance of people remain under the belief that texting behind the wheel has no effect on their driving, and this thinking is faulty. Furthermore, a driver 's eyes will stray from the road at some point while texting, and this has been the cause of countless accidents. Multiple stories have plagued the news about texting and driving being the cause of a wide variety of accidents. In conclusion, driver 's should pull over to send a text back if the text is that dire.
Let’s begin by looking at the key points of texting while driving) BODY I. I will assure you that texting while driving doesn’t make it any safer. A. Texting takes your eyes off the road longer than any other activity that distracts you from driving. 1.
Three of the high risk behaviors account for texting and driving including “eyes off of the road, at least one hand off the wheel, and mind off the driving situation” (Hollister, 2013). The three actions a person partakes in while texting and driving fall into the three major categories the Center for Disease Control established. Once people begin texting and driving, they no longer pay attention to their driving and only their phone or tablet. Distracted driving takes away the reaction time of a driver from avoiding a crash. Comprehending danger while driving takes multiple seconds.
We all know driving while intoxicated is dangerous, right? If you were driving home and a person in front of you was intoxicated you wouldn't feel safe right? Driving while intoxicated increases your likelihood of crashing by 11% (Texting and Driving Statistics). Did you know that while texting you are 23% more likely to crash (Texting and Driving Statistics)? That's double the percent while driving intoxicated.
'' The Effects of Text Messaging on Young Drivers'’ In the article '' The Effects of Text Messaging on Young Drivers'’ It's talking about the driver's distractions, and also, how the drivers can easily become distracted and the reasons for how do it. In a poll about the study conducted showed that a quarter of accidents in cars are for distraction, when you are driving and texting at the same time.
Finally, I will discuss the potential solutions to this serious issue. Transition: Now that I have introduced my topic, I would like to begin by talking about hazards and harms of texting and driving. II. BODY A. Significance/Harms – Texting while driving is a major issue that needs to be addressed a. (Statistic) Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times greater that undistracted driving.
Anything can happen while driving, an animal can pop out on the street, a light pole can fall down unexpectedly, it just something that can happen in a blink of an eye and you can't control something like that. Texting while driving is something you can control, you are putting yourself at risk to get in a fatal accident if you decide to play with your life with just texting someone back. The person that you are messaging will understand that you have to focus on the road and get to your destination safely. Imagine the worst situation, you get into an accident!! how would your loved ones feel if something happened to you, I would be devastated, hurt, and also quite terrified to not know if you are gone.
Bent metal, shattered glass, and flashing lights… all for one text. Someone you love or even yourself could be in this life ending and life threatening situation. Cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous. Texting and driving has been proven so dangerous and life threatening as many as forty-six states have gone as far as banning texting while driving.
There were at least 23% of car collisions involving cell phones in 2011. Texting makes a crash 23 times more likely to happen. Texting and driving kills more teens than drinking & driving. 1 in 5 drivers of all ages have admitted that they have surfed the Internet while driving. Teens who text and drive spend at least 10% of their time outside of their lane.
Texting while driving is one of the biggest cause of death among young adults from ages 18-24 (Bergmark, E. Gliklich, Guo, R. Gliklich, 2016). This peril activity is related to motor vehicle collisions and mortality (Bergmark, E. Gliklich, Guo, R. Gliklich, 2016). Therefore, this is a very important preventable health issue that needs to be addressed since it affects young adults that have higher rates of texting while driving than older drivers. Below, I propose an intervention in order to spread awareness and knowledge regarding this very concerning public health issue that continues to persist. Proposed Intervention.
Every day drivers who choose to text risk their own life as well as yours. These are car accidents that don't have to happen. In 2011 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones, that's 1.3 million crashes. These can be easily prevented by turning off the phone while in the car.