We all know that texting and driving is dangerous, as well as illegal, in Virginia. But there is one group of drivers who enjoy being reckless and fearless – teenage drivers. Unfortunately, when these drivers are on the roadways, whether alone or with friends, there may be no stopping them from texting and driving.
Distracted Drivers Cause Serious Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009 more than 5,400 died and 448,000 were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes due to distracted drivers. So what steps can we take to stop teens from texting and driving?
- Discuss the dangers of texting and driving, as well as distracted driving, with your teen. Explain to them why it is so dangerous.
- Do not text and drive, or even talk on the phone, while driving. Be a good example for your children.
- Ask your child’s teachers or school staff to discuss the dangers of texting and driving with the students.
- Do not call or text your teen at a time you know he or she will be driving.
- While texting and driving is illegal, establish additional rules and penalties within the family if the teenager is caught texting and driving.
- Review the cell phone bill to determine if your child is texting and driving.
Any type of distracted driving is dangerous to drivers, passengers, and anyone else on the roadways. For additional information on the texting and driving laws in Virginia, read our library article Want to Know About Texting & Driving Laws? Ask a Fairfax Lawyer.
Get Help From a Fairfax Car Accident Lawyer
At Shevlin Smith, our Virginia car and truck accident attorneys want you and your teenagers to be safe if you are on the roads. If you do find yourself or a loved one in an accident in Virginia or Washington DC, call our law office at (703) 721-4233. We will review your information and provide you with a fast and free consultation about your case.