Texting while Driving Brings Body Shops Business
Texting While Driving Statistics
A majority of states have passed laws making texting while driving illegal, but that doesn’t stop drivers from sending messages while behind the wheel. It’s no wonder that many Arizona auto body shops have seen an increase in repairs related to driving while texting. Arizona is one of the few states that does not ban texting while driving, although certain cities have passed ordinances that require you to be ‘hands-free’ and new drivers aren’t allowed to text. But let’s be clear, ‘legal’ doesn’t mean safe. Whether there is a law prohibiting texting while driving in your area or not, the dangers of doing so should be enough to steer you away.
According to DMV.org, texting and other distracted driving habits cause:
- 1.9 million accidents
- Over 3,000 deaths each year
- At least 3,200 fatal crashes
- 390,000 injuries annually
And it’s not just those who are texting while driving that are hurt in the types of accidents that occur from this behavior, but innocent travelers and bystanders.
What Should You Do?
- Completely shut your phone off before driving or place it in your glove box (out of sigh
- Turn your cell phone on silent before you get behind the wheel so that you’re not tempted to read or respond to a text.
- Download an app that prevents texting while driving and install it on the phone of your teen drivers.
- Spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving and encourage others to avoid it as well.
If you are someone you know are unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision, regardless of fault, reach out to Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734 so that we can assist you in making repairs.