In 2011, 1.3 million crashes were caused by someone using a cell phone that is at least 28% accidents per year. (National Safety Council)
Most of us think its ok and that we will be ok “it’s just like adjusting the radio” but no, it’s not. “Texting and driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teens who openly acknowledge sending and reading text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.”(Long Island NEWSDAY)
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.”(Federal Communications Commission)
How many of us think that it is ok to text while driving? For myself I once thought that it was ok. I also said to myself that I would never wreck when texting because I am overly careful. However, one day that all changed when a simple text message changed the life of some that I cared about. In 2005 Debra Ford a recent widow with four beautiful children, was driving her car on Georgia interstate 16 with her daughter Stephanie.
Also on Interstate 16 that day was (IPC) International Paper Company employee Vanessa McGrogan driving a company-owned car with the cruise control set at 77 mph in a 70 mph zone? According to an eye witness not only was Vanessa McGrogan speeding but was using her cell phone when Vanessa hit Debra’s car. Causing Debra’s car to violently flipping multiple times and finally settling in a ditch.
As Debra’s car was flipping multiple times without any control of not only her car but her body as well. Her left arm landed out of the window becoming trapped between the massively heavy car door and the hot, rough Georgia interstate pavement. Debra’s arm was horrifically ripped off of her body and causing Debra to now be permanently with only one arm for the rest of her life. Debra’s oldest daughter Stephanie also being injured in the accident with minor injuries.
Talking to Debra about the accident and how it has affected her emotionally and in her everyday life and how did it make her feel to have this happen to her. Debra stated “’ I've felt no depression from this, I adjusted to having one arm’”. (DEBRA FORD)
When I asked about the accident itself Debra said;”’ on a personal note, upon impact, I wasn't aware we were hit! I lost my hearing for like minute!! Steph grabbed my hair to hold me in place, After sliding approximately 176 ft. off pavement to ditch, we were on an incline sliding backwards and my elbow managed to get...