It is the most talked about topic when it comes to automobile accidents—using a cell phone for texting and talking while driving. In recent years, more accidents have been caused by this than any other reason. Legislation has been presented to making texting or talking while driving a crime, but the number of accidents still keeps going up.
Some states, including Kansas, have legislation in place that bans the use of cell phones while driving, especially for those under the age of 18. Some states have gone a step further and ban those under the 18 from using a hands-free device while driving, which includes bluetooths and earbuds.
When you are driving and talking or texting, you are distracted from the road. Your attention becomes focused on the person on the other end of the phone. In addition, other things such as reading the phone screen, typing responses to text messages, and listening to a conversation all can make your reaction time slower to a child, for example, darting out in front of your car.
Studies have shown that drivers that text while driving have been seen weaving in and out of traffic, running stop signs, and rear-ending cars. But this does not only apply to those driving cars.
There have been several well-publicized accidents involving school buses where the driver was texting while transporting children to and from schools. A collision in California between a freight train and a commuter train was the result of the operator of the commuter train texting and not paying attention. In this accident, 25 people were killed.
Most of the time, a driver that was found to be texting while driving will be stopped for some other reason such as speeding or going through a red light. It is afterwards that it is discovered that texting was involved. Victims of these accidents are not only being killed, but some are suffering from injuries to their brain, spine, and head.
They are becoming paraplegics and quadriplegics. The medical bills are enormous, they are losing their jobs since they have to take off from work for rehabilitation, and their life is never the same.