Accidents caused by texting and driving can have financial and criminal consequences, but we should also consider other ways our lives could be affected. To be honest with you, a $175 or $500 fine should be the least of your worries.
Distracted drivers who crash and survive can suffer catastrophic injuries. Accident survivors can have spinal cord injuries and brain injuries that cause permanent disabilities. In fact, a recent article in People Magazine can show the awful consequences of surviving a distracted driving accident.
The article discusses the story of a regular 17-year-old who made national headlines after surviving a horrific accident caused by texting. In 2012, Liz Marks’ life changed forever after she answered a text message from her mother while driving. Liz crashed into a truck that was preparing to make a left turn.
Her injuries required facial reconstructive surgeries and rehabilitation. After arriving at the hospital, she didn’t leave the ICU for a month. Damage to her face was so severe that she is now disfigured and blind in one eye.
Liz also suffered from a brain injury and had to learn how to walk, talk and perform simple tasks all over again. Instead of attending college, she had to relearn how to read and write. Unable to accept what had happened, many of Liz’s friends abandoned her.
Liz and her mother are now dedicated to warning others that the consequences of texting and driving can be permanent. Both have made a video for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warning drivers to put down the phone or face catastrophic consequences. So while Liz’s story is sad, it is being used to prevent others from suffering the same fate.
Young Adults Are Most Likely Group to Face Consequences of Texting and Driving
Liz is not alone, and there are other young people who have had their lives changed by texting and driving. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers in their 20s are most likely to be injured or killed in distracted driving accidents.