Texting While Driving Killed Two in Missouri
More than a year later, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that a horrible car accident in Missouri was caused by a 19-year old driver texting on his cell phone. Joan Lowy’s Associated Press article, “Driver was texting in Missouri traffic pileup,” says that the 19-year old was driving a pickup truck while texting on his phone and rear ended a tractor truck. Because of that collision, one school bus rear ended the pickup truck and was consequently rear ended by another school bus. The pickup truck driver and a 15-year old in one of the school buses were both killed.
Many states have banned texting or talking on the phone while driving; Pennsylvania was recently the 35th state to put a ban on texting while driving. The NTSB has recommended bans for commercial drivers, but hasn’t recommended the ban for passenger cars yet. Missouri auto insurance companies are well aware of all of the additional accidents caused by the use of cell phones for talking, texting, and surfing the internet. One out of 100 drivers on the road in America are on their phones at any given time of the day. An accident caused by using your cell phone while driving will likely increase your auto insurance premiums, but more importantly, no one wants to cause a death like those in Missouri for something as ridiculous as texting while driving.
Written by Sara Smart
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