Texting while driving has become in the last few years a reason for concern especially among teenagers who are not aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Texting while driving a vehicle can claim lives and if it’s not the driver’s life, it will certainly be the lives of innocent people. As such, no phone call or text message is worth the risk that someone can injure himself or die because of a few seconds of inadvertence.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
On a yearly basis, more than fifty thousand drivers are injured, while six thousands are claimed deceased because people are not aware of the dangers of texting while driving. If in the past drunk driving was one of the main causes for deceases, now texting seems to have taken the front seat.
Teenagers are very active, euphoric and they can easily get distracted. In addition, whilst at their age they also don’t know too much about responsibilities (i.e. the dangers of texting while driving), the consequences of their actions can be more severe. There are a few types of distractions that can make them look away and they are cognitive, manual and visual. With the latter, it’s easy to understand that it can take the driver’s attention off the road. Yet when it comes to texting, it’s all of the three that we mentioned, which makes it a very dangerous distraction.
Thus, there are plenty of dangers of texting while driving and consequences that such behavior has, as we will number below. I must thank my friend Marco Antonio from “Como Espiar Celulares” (“How to Spy Cell Phones”) blog for his help on putting this list together. You can visit his Spanish blog at http://comoespiarcelulares.com/ for a good read on spying cell phones.
One of the dangers of texting while driving is that teens could easily hit someone and not only cause serious injuries, but also kill the victim. When teens are involved in such events, this puts a lot of pressure on the parents as well and they will not only be deprived of their liberty, but school as well, so their future will just be put on hold. Parents will, depending on the country, take part of the blame and even serve time in jail.
Injuring someone because of the lack of attention on the road doesn’t only have immediate legal consequences, but the driver involved and also the victims can be psychologically traumatized for many years. Being involved in an accident is a shock because most of the times, people don’t believe that it can happen to them. Such shocks, especially when doubled by other unpleasant similar events from the past can scar people lifelong and put a permanent stigma to their quality of life.
Financial involvement, especially in cases resulted due to the dangers of texting while driving can be tremendous. Any parent would like their kid to walk away with it, so this calls for huge amounts of money that is going to be spent in court and also for any hospitalization expenses on behalf of the accused (if applicable) and also the victim.
Last but not least, if a fatal accident is the outcome of the dangers of texting while driving, then the ones involved are scarred forever. The teens depending on their age, can serve time in jail, while the families involved will be marked psychotically by the event, which of course would deem that massive amounts of money would be involved for mending the affected side. Regardless of whose fault it is, accidents destroy lives and rare are the cases in which full recoveries are possible. More to that, being the witness of people texting while driving can encourage teens to engage in similar behaviors as they deem it to be harmless.