Cape Coral Accident Attorney: Is Your Teen Texting and Driving?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 28, 2012

Sarasota accident attorneyMost parents have talked to their teens about the dangers of texting and driving and assume that they are following their advice. However, a new report suggests that the risky behavior may lead to many more Cape Coral car accidents than anyone thought.

A survey of 15,000 high school students revealed that 1 in 3 high school students had texted or e-mailed while driving a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days. The findings, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of their the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), are the first federal statistics on how common distracted driving may be among teens.

The report also reveals that an alarming 58 percent of high school seniors surveyed stated they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month. Approximately 43 percent of high school juniors admitted doing it as well.

"We need to teach kids, who are the most vulnerable drivers, that texting and driving don't mix," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Crash statistics further highlight the growing problem. Distracted driving is blamed for about 16 percent of teen motor vehicle deaths.

For some good news about teen drivers, please stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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