In the latest example of why it can be perilous to text while driving, our Little Rock, Arkansas auto accident attorneysnoted the conclusion of a recent police investigation that determined a deadly 2014 school bus crash was caused by a texting driver.
The crash, which made national news headlines, occurred in Knoxville, Tennessee. Police determined that because the bus driver was texting, he inadvertently made a left-hand turn and hopped a highway median before smashing into another school bus. The allegedly-texting school bus driver died months after the accident.
Two small girls and a teacher’s aide died in this accident.
And while this auto accident is especially pronounced, the dangers of distracted driving are well-documented.
- Nine Americans die daily in auto accidents that happen because of distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- About one in four car accidents now involve a cell phone, according to the National Safety Council.
- Using a cell phone while driving multiplies by four the chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident (NSC).
Most American drivers say they know that texting while driving is dangerous but half admit to doing it.
Teenagers are a part of the texting-and-driving phenomenon, but an AT&T study of the issue determined that parents who expressly prohibit their teens from texting while driving make a positive impact.
Drivers in general can eliminate the lure to use a cell phone while behind-the-wheel by storing the phone out-of-sight during their drive.
If you involved in a car accident in or near Little Rock, Arkansas and need an experienced car accident lawyer, please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today for a free case consultation: (888) 220-7068.