A 17-year-old Minnesota teen runs a red light, killing a father and his 10-year-old daughter. A 16-year-old Missouri girl, her driver's license only days old, dies when she turns onto a road and is slammed by a tractor-trailer. A 16-year-old Maine teen breaks her neck after crashing her vehicle.
What do all of these recent tragedies have in common? The young drivers had all been suspected of texting while behind the wheel. The problem of distracted driving among teens continues, with public service campaigns aiming a spotlight on the issue to raise awareness among teenagers and their parents.
As Virginia car accident injury lawyers we ourselves have participated in the effort to stop distracted driving among teens. Our attorneys have participated in a nationwide program called "End Distracted Driving." During which we provided presentations to students that included videos of families and friends who suffered the death of loved ones in a variety of distracted driving circumstances.
Despite the many warnings, campaigns, and new digital devices and apps that prevent texting while driving. Many people, including adults, still do it. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.