Actually, it is bad for everyone’s health as no amount of driving experience means you can take your eyes off the road. But for some reason teens have become the biggest victims of texting and driving. Maybe it is because today’s teens don’t know a world without the internet and smartphones. Or maybe it is because teens have always felt like they were invincible regardless of the technology. No matter what the reason, here are five reasons why texting and driving is bad for your teen’s health.
- It WILL Kill You
Taking your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Maybe you will cut across lanes, or miss a traffic signal, it will kill you. I know most teens won’t listen to this but did you know that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens?
Even worse, most drivers, regardless of age, tend to lose control of their vehicle while texting and driving. This can be subtly drifting in to the next lane, or it could be driving off the road. Don’t let this happen to you. Stay alive and don’t text and drive.
- It WILL Kill Someone Else
Cars are basically weapons and when you are texting and driving at 60 miles per hour you are not only a danger to yourself but to everyone around you. According to auto accident law firm Tenn and Tenn, ‘drivers have a duty to drive reasonably, which means no texting, aggressive driving, or speeding. A driver who breaches this duty by driving below the standard of care can be held liable to any person injured.’
This is not a joke. In 2015, 17-year-old Carlee Rose Bollig killed a father and daughter in another vehicle because she was texting and driving. Now her life is ruined as she will have to live with the guilt and stigma of taking two lives just because she wanted to answer a text message.
- Insurance Won’t Cover You
This might not sound like such a big deal. After all, teenagers are young and can bounce back from almost everything. But given that texting and driving is against the law in most states it is highly likely that your insurance company will not cover a claim. This could mean that you might need to forego medical treatments and this could have a dramatic impact on your life.
- You Will Be Scarred for Life
Imagine you are in a texting while driving accident and you are fortunate enough to survive. But then imagine that you are maimed in some way. Maybe it a broken leg that does not heal correctly or it is a back injury which will haunt you for the rest of your life.
As you can see, texting while driving can have some serious consequences. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 21,000 teens are injured every year due to texting and driving.
These teens were just like your teen, but now they must live with the consequences of their actions and this can mean months if not years of physical therapy.
- Accepting Texting and Driving Can Lead to Other Bad Decisions
The Centers for Disease Control notes that teens who text and drive are nearly twice as likely to drink and drive or to ride with someone who does. Now your teen might not think this is such a big deal, but it is. It might be hard for your teen to understand this, but you really do want them to live happy and healthy lives.
What can be done? As parents, it is our duty to educate our teens on the dangers of texting while driving. Think about it. You would not take your teen hunting with a loaded rifle without teaching them how to safely handle a gun. Well cars are just as dangerous and are more prevalent. So, sit down with your teen, show them videos of teen lives destroyed by texting and driving. It is a serious issue and failure to heed the warnings could be bad for your teen’s health.
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