Texting out of control in the under-25 crowd

Texting while driving is an epidemic.

What is not so much of a surprise is the fact that a recent study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health revealed that drivers under the age of 25 were more than four times likely to use their iPhones or other e-devices while driving. According to the study, published in Science

Direct, women were 1.63 times more likely to use a cellphone than their male counterparts.

The information gleaned from this data would be helpful in targeting the two groups — younger drivers and younger female drivers — to educate them about the dangers of texting while driving. More than nine people die every day and more than 1,153 are injured as a result of being in an accident involving a distracted driver. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says a driver is 23 times more likely to crash driving while distracted.

Despite what the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health study demonstrated, AT&T statistics contend that adults are actually the bigger culprits than teens when it comes to texting and driving and reading a text while driving. 98 percent of those in the study said they did text and drive despite knowing the behavior is dangerous, two-thirds said they read texts while driving and 25 percent said they sent texts while driving.

No matter what the numbers say, texting while driving is deadly. Those who have been involved in an accident where another driver was texting would be best served by consulting with an experienced car accident injury attorney to find out what their legal rights may be and how to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for their injuries.