A study in April 2006 showed 80 percent of crashes are caused by disctractions. One of the biggest distractions and the most dangerous is texting while driveing. Many states and people are trying to ban it. Some states have also succeded in that act.
There have been many studies on car crashes that involve cell phones. Such as, A widely cited study from the herrard center of rusk analysis calculated that cell phones likely are involved un 636,000 crashes, that resulted in 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries each year. However that study is 5 years old and has greatly increased in the recent years.
Texting and driving has become an epidemic for people of all ages in the United States. An estimated 20 percent of drivers are sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel, and this number rises for individuals between 18 and 24.
There have been many times that I have seen people texting and driving while on the highway and at stop lights. It is a dangerous habit and very distracting. This type of habit has probably caused many accidents, however specific data is unknown at this time. As a teen driver I know the temptation to text and drive is high. Even a quick glance at the phone can distract you just enough that you cause a car accident.
In June there was an accident involving the deaths of five teenage girls. The driver was believed to be texting when they crashed into a tractor-trailer. Although I'm guilty of DWT, I believe there should be a serious law to keep both teen and adult drivers from driving while texting. If there are laws passed to prevent this, many people can be saved from having car accidents or near misses. The driver is not the only one affected either, if they hit someone that person is affected as well. The texting law would be for personal safety and the safety of others. As of right now there is no serious crash data linked to texting while driving sciences do not want to pass a law forbidding it. There are currently only two...