Texting and driving crashes are not accidents

Ty'Zhea Warren, Pop Culture Editor

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When you know that texting and driving isn’t allowed and you accident because it is that still considered an accident  ?

Car crashes happen all over the world and there is a lot of reasons to why people get into a car crash. It can vary from getting into a argument while driving and texting while driving can also a big reason why people get into accidents.

Key word: accidents.

To me if you know the risk of being on the phone and driving if you get into a car crash that is no longer an accident.  The definition of an accident is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

Texting while driving statistics are only getting worse and worse every year and us as teenagers are starting to get the blame for it.  WIRED has covered this topic before. “They love them [phones] so much, in fact, that they refuse to drive without them. According to AAA, two-thirds of drivers ages 19 to 24 have read a text message or email while behind the wheel in the last thirty days.”  This quote show how us as young adult are taking this driving stuff and us as a whole we are not taking the risks seriously at all.

2,488 people have died this year alone so far in 2017 from texting while driving and the number is projected to increase by the end of the year.

As WIRED writes, “Meanwhile, US road deaths rose six percent in 2016, to a harrowing 40,200, according to the National Safety Council. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows injuries from distracted driving-caused crashes jumped 10 percent between 2011 and 2013.” This quote is showing that basically last year’s road death percentage went up and over 40,200 people died last year because of it .

You see what can happen to you if you are texting and driving so why put yourself in that type of predicamen? It’s clear that crashes from texting and driving are not accidental: they’re preventable.

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Texting and driving crashes are not accidents