Entire law firms dedicate themselves to protecting people who’ve been injured in car accidents caused by texting drivers — this has grown into a nationwide epidemic. Louis C.K., actor, writer and comedian, spoke out about this issue in an interview on Conan O’Brien on September 20th, 2013. He explained, without holding back, why his kids won’t own smartphones and the reasons they are so harmful.
According to Louis, smartphones don’t allow us to learn how to deal with loneliness. “It’s why we text while we drive — we need constant affirmation that we’re not alone, and we’re willing to endanger our lives and others’ over that need.” In his interview, Louis said he pulled over his vehicle one day, feeling overwhelmed with sadness, and he cried. “I cried so much, and it was beautiful. Sadness is poetic. You’re lucky to love sad moments.”
The problem is, Louis said, is that “you need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That’s being a person.”
“I cried so much. And it was beautiful. Sadness is poetic. You’re lucky to live sad moments.”
Louis also said that “we’ve become so dependent on technology to keep us entertained, so when we are alone for a short amount of time, our thoughts are too much to handle and we start to feel alone.” This also affects our behavior when we’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. We reach for our phones to instantly reconnect us to everyone, and this is where the problem lies. Watch Louis C.K.’s interview in its entirety, below.
Now that we’ve discussed why people text and drive, lets discuss the legal side of it. Louis, I’m sure, would enjoy the most recent research information released by the American Journal of Public Health. In states that allow police officers to pull over teens who are texting and driving, traffic deaths have decreased by 3%.
In some states however, the rate of accidents increased after a law was established, and law enforcement believes this is because people were getting into accidents trying to hide their phones while texting. Of course, all of this can be related back to Louis C.K.’s statements about the reasons why people will continue to go to extreme lengths just to send a text message while they are driving.
The Cochran Firm Wisconsin says “you won’t notice that your car has drifted into another lane or across the center line. This is why texting while driving is so dangerous. This is why texting accidents occur.”
“As mentioned in the beginning of this article, law firms dedicate themselves to represent the victims of car accidents caused by texting and driving. The Cochran Firm Wisconsin is just one example. When a driver is looking at their phone, that means they aren’t looking at the road, traffic lights, pedestrians…nothing.
“You won’t notice that your car has drifted into another lane or across the center line. This is why texting while driving is so dangerous. This is why texting accidents occur. “
The Cochran Firm Wisconsin states that this is why any driver who causes an accident from texting should be held responsible. It’s the attitude that teen drivers have about texting and driving that concerns them. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that “electronic devices were the leading cause of distraction among teen drivers. Female teens were nearly twice as likely as male teenagers to use an electronic device while driving.” So, Louis C.K.’s concerns are quite valid and he has a reason to be concerned, as do the rest of us. To read more information by the Cochran Firm Wisconsin visit, Texting-While-Driving Accidents in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. After all of this, you are probably wondering, what else is being done to prevent these accidents? Well, the good news is, a lot! Aside from the laws that have been put into place, there is now new technology designed to help. Danielle Elliot’s article for CBS News introduced TXTShield, an app that sends an automatic response to whomever is contacting you to let them know you are driving and will respond later.
Phil Stiles, co-founder of the app, explains that “we have such a desire to stay connected, and tech has made it so easy. We almost feel guilty when we don’t respond. Auto response – that gives you the peace of mind immediately.” Of course, the first step to solving any problem is awareness, and you can help with that. For more information, visit The Dangers of Texting and Driving.