Stockton, Illinois – Alright everyone. We hear the stories all the time. Someone driving along, lollygagging on their cellphone and wham, innocent you is involved in a vehicular mishap that costs you money, time and frustration. Worse, innocent you is involved in an automobile accident with much more tragic consequences.
Well, today in Stockton it appears one driver thought taking on the cellphone was more important than paying attention to the road (or other drivers) and one local driver paid the price for it.
Earlier today after leaving the Subway restaurant in Stockton, Illinois a local Freeport resident was run up onto the curb by a girl on her phone. Yep, you heard us, on her phone.
Worse, she didn’t slow down, she didn’t get off the phone and she didn’t stop. She just kept going.
Now, we don’t need to tell you all of the things that could have went wrong here. This entire scenario could have caused an accident involving another vehicle. The car that was run off the road could have hit an innocent bystander. One, or both of the drivers, (or another driver) could have suffered serious injury. A lot of additional things could have went wrong here.
Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road accidents each year. Of these, 1.6 million have a cell phone involved in them. (That’s 64% of all the road accidents in the United States.)
Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving. A study at the University of Utah found out that the reaction time for a teen using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70 year old who isn’t using one.
Scary stuff isn’t it?
So even though 77% of adults and 55% of teenage drivers say that they can easily manage texting while driving, it is clear by the numbers they can’t. And as in this case, maybe they already have been the cause of a vehicle mishap and don’t even know it because they were so preoccupied with talking on the phone or texting and driving.
While we’re glad that no one was physically hurt in today’s mishap, it did cost the victim $235.00 to replace their tire. $235.00 they shouldn’t have had to spend, $235.00 they probably didn’t want to spend and $235.00 that should be coming out of the other drivers pocket, yet isn’t.
So the next time you’re in your car, before you think about picking up that cellphone to chat with your buddies, or god forbid you miss that important “business” call, think of the drivers around you. Like this lady, she was completely oblivious to her surroundings. Her ignorance ran another person off the road.
Make sure when you get behind the wheel, you don’t follow in her footsteps. It’s illegal for one, two it’s dangerous and three, it’s really not very fair to other drivers.
Stats source: http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/25-shocking-distracted-driving-statistics/