Taylor Sauer was texting every 90 seconds during her four-hour commute home from college when she slammed into a tanker truck at 80 mph. Her last text before the fatal accident was “Driving and Facebooking is not safe! Haha.”
Six months ago, a young man driving home from college was texting with a friend. Moments after he sent a text saying, “I need to quit texting because I could die in a car accident”, his truck plunged off a bridge and landed in a ravine. Surprisingly, Chance lived to tell his story, but it has not been easy. He sustained a fractured skull and traumatic brain injuries, broke his neck, and suffered a crushed face.
He spent six months in intensive care. Chance had to learn how to speak and walk again. He has not fully recovered, but is able to convey a powerful message to all drivers.
“Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said. I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago. And I kept thinking; it kept jumping into my head: I’m surprised that’s not me in that casket.’ I came very close to that. To being gone forever.” I know I died like three times, but God didn’t keep me away from coming back here. I have a higher purpose in being here. And I think it’s to tell everyone not to text message and drive.”
These are just two examples of drivers who knew and understand the dangers, yet still engaged in texting while driving. No matter how much media attention is given to texting and driving, it still remains a serious problem in the U.S. Increasing awareness is an ongoing process if we are going to make a change; if we are going to increase safety on our roadways. Laws help, but they are not enough. Drivers need to take responsibility; they need to use common sense.
Do you text and drive? If so, what compels you to be constantly connected? Is it worth losing your life?
Lawsuit Financial strongly supports restrictions on driver distractions of any kind. We actively promote driver safety and publicly address the many driving distractions that exist in our daily lives. If our numerous blogs about the dangers of texting and driving have not stopped you yet, maybe this message from Chance Bother will.
He is grateful for his second chance, but you might not be so lucky. Do you want to post your final words while behind the wheel?
Mark Bello has thirty-five years experience as a trial lawyer and thirteen years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by a plaintiff involved in pending, personal injury, litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Member of Public Justice and Public Citizen, Business Associate of the Florida, Mississippi, Connecticut, Texas, and Tennessee Associations for Justice, and Consumers Attorneys of California, member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.