The parents of a 19-year old Arizona man who was killed when he lost control of his vehicle while texting and driving are hoping to spread awareness, according to a Fox 10 report. The single car crash occurred when the young man sent a text message and his vehicle hit the curb, rolled and ejected him from the car. Sadly, the man was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
The teen’s parents are hoping to spread the message about distracted driving so that no other family must endure the pain of losing a loved one due to texting and driving. Utilizing the Internet to help drive awareness, the family has created a Facebook page telling their son’s story.
According a Virginia Tech Institute study, motorists who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Triple A stated that more teens are admitting to texting while driving with nearly a third admitting to sending at least 23 text messages in the last 30 days. Currently, Phoenix is the only city in Arizona with a ban on texting and driving. Legislators hope to impose a statewide ban by 2011. Thus far, only a handful of states have bans on cell phone use which includes texting and driving.
Distracted driving, whether it be texting, changing the radio station, eating or other distractions is a leading cause of car accidents in Arizona.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a distracted driver, please consider retaining the services of an experienced Phoenix auto accident attorney. The sudden loss of a family member is never easy, especially if it was due to someone else’s negligence. The Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices can help you understand your rights and help you attain the compensation you deserve. Some damages may include funeral expenses in the event of a death, medical bills, loss of wages, loss of a help and other damages. Call Breyer Law Offices today at (602) 978-6400 to learn how our compassionate and dedicated car crash lawyers can help you.