Federal officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
reported on December 8, 2011, that
texting while driving increased 50% despite that fact that many states have implemented laws
to ban the practice. The NHTSA surveyed 6,000 driver age 18 or older in
telephone surveys and found that incidence of younger drivers texting
while driving is much more likely than in older drivers.
This increase in texting while driving is troubling given the increased
awareness of the hazards that it presents. Just today it was reported
that a 19 year old driver involved in a deadly collision in Missouri last
year sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes before the accident.
His pickup truck ultimately crashed into the back of another vehicle and
caused a chain reaction that resulted in multiple deaths.
As a personal injury law firm in Atlanta, we have seen the devastating
effects that can occur when people text and drive. Aside from serious
personal injuries and
wrongful death, texting while driving can lead to more minor incidents, and ultimately
an increase in insurance premiums, a traffic ticket or possibly the loss
of driving privileges. At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., we ask that
you simply put the phone down while driving. No text message is more important
than the health and well-being of yourself and others on the roadway.