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How serious is texting and driving among teenage drivers?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2018 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While driving in Seattle can seem like a routine activity, motorists have different experiences each and every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. One can never predict whom they might encounter or drive by, and they certainly cannot control the driving behavior of other motorists. Thus, a negligent driver could easily be the cause of a serious and even fatal crash, effecting many lives.

How serious is texting and driving among teenage drivers? In simple terms, this situation is serious and getting increasingly worse. Among teenage drivers, texting and driver has now surpassed drinking and driving, making it the leading cause of death for teenage drivers. Based on current statistics, 97 percent of teen drivers confirm that they are aware of the dangers of texting while driving. However, 43 percent state that they do it anyway.

Furthermore, statistics suggests that this dangerous habit will cause over 3,000 teen drivers to die in crashes and another 300,000 to suffer injuries in accidents involving a texting driver. With over 95 percent of teen drivers owning a phone, this situation remains very concerning as a texting driver could harm anyone they come into contact with on the roadways, whether it is another motorists, cyclist or pedestrian.

Following a fatal crash, there are likely many questions, such as what caused the crash and who is to blame. These answers can help surviving loved ones in their pursuit to hold a liable party accountable for the death of a loved one. A wrongful death action can help with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.