We all read articles about how distracted driving can cause a car accident. Whether it is texting and driving, talking on the telephone and driving, or simply thinking about the next agenda item on your long list of to-dos, a few seconds of distracted driving can prove fatal.
Sadly, this happened to a 17-year old teenager in North Tampa yesterday. According to the Tampa Bay Times, this young man died after he lost control of his car in North Tampa while speeding and talking on his mobile phone. Reports state that the teenager was traveling north on Northdale Boulevard around 5:15 p.m. Thursday when he failed to follow a left hand curve at Silverhill Drive. As a result, he lost control of the car, crossed into the southbound lanes of Northdale and crashed into a tree, striking it on the passenger side of his 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. He died at the scene.
Although alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, the combination of distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt likely were contributing factors.
We all do it, yes, even me. In today’s world of multi-tasking, we try to do more than just drive when we are in the car. Let the story of this teenager’s death remind you of the risk you take when there is distracted driving. It does remind me.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. Focusing on our driving and not the never-ending to-do list may enable you knock out a few more of the items on that list.
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