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More Texting Teens Perish In Distracted Driving Car Crash Accidents

By Bruce Westbrook

Today’s youths are growing up almost as attached to their cell phones, PDA’s, iPod’s and other mobile electronic devices as they were upon birth to an umbilical cord. By the time they learn to drive, they have the habit and won’t let go. The trouble is, driving while calling, texting or checking the Internet can be fatal.

Studies recently have shown increased teen car wreck traffic accident fatalities due to two factors: more teens driving at night, and more teens driving while texting or making cell calls.

Between 1999 and 2008, nighttime fatal crashes involving teen drivers increased by 10 per cent. Such deaths rose at a lower rate for older age groups, while driving fatalities in general began a decline.

The Texas Transportation Institute’s Bernie Fetts, a senior research specialist, said in an interview with the Associated Press that the heightened death toll comes from a “perfect storm” of harmful factors. One such factor is driving at night, which is more hazardous for any driver of any age. Another factor is calling or texting while at the wheel, thus compromising a person’s ability to handle a vehicle.

Frequently teens stress that it doesn’t matter, because they’re so skilled at sending texts. Bu regardless of their fluency or dexterity, texting diverts a portion of their attention from the far more vital task of driving, where a single moment of distraction can cause a fatal result. Indeed, about 6,000 Americans die annually because of drivers who talk, text or email, and about half a million will suffer injuries.

Americans are becoming increasingly savvy to the deadly results of texting or calling while at the wheel of a vehicle. That’s why 23 states so far have passed laws banning texting while driving. The national FocusDriven organization, based in Texas, was created to battle distracted driving due to texting or cell phone calls much as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was formed to combat DUI car crash accidents.

Oprah Winfrey of talk show fame also has added her own initiative: a “No Phone Zone” pledge for teens. Those who sign promise not to text or use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

Jim S. Adler & Associates strongly supports such safe driving measures and urges everyone to save their texts and phone calls for a proper time – when they aren’t driving a multi-ton vehicle at high speeds in complex traffic. Today’s teens may think such texting and calling won’t divert them from driving safely, but those who have perished in texting car accidents prove otherwise. Texting car crash accidents can happen, and that unexpected first time may prove to be a fatal last time.

Jim S. Adler & Associates is a longtime Texas personal injury law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Channelview. The law firm offers a free case review and represents victims of auto, car, SUV, truck, motorcycle, bus and other traffic accidents, as well as drunk driving accidents.

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MLA Style Citation:
Westbrook, Bruce "More Texting Teens Perish In Distracted Driving Car Crash Accidents." More Texting Teens Perish In Distracted Driving Car Crash Accidents. 4 Jul. 2010. 18 May 2015 <>.

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Westbrook, B (2010, July 4). More Texting Teens Perish In Distracted Driving Car Crash Accidents. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from

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Westbrook, Bruce "More Texting Teens Perish In Distracted Driving Car Crash Accidents"

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