Many people do not fully grasp the fact that texting and driving can lead to an accident. Even those who know that this is the wrong thing to do often make the mistake of thinking it is okay while they are behind the wheel. Texting while driving is reckless behavior. When that reckless behavior causes an accident and injures another party, the responsible party may find themselves liable for the victim’s injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
AT&T, in cooperation with the New York Department of Transportation, recently setup a machine at the Flatiron Building on Broadway and 23rd St. to prove that texting while driving can lead to a car accident in New York.
The person sitting in the simulator was staffed with the task of texting, responding appropriately to traffic lights, and traveling at the appropriate speed. The end result was astonishing, with each participant crashing every time.
According to one participant, it was a challenge to spell words correctly while still paying attention to the road. As a result, she focused more time on texting which caused her to crash. The woman said, “I was going to go back and try to respell a text message, but a car came out from the left and we T-boned.”
This type of simulator could go a long way in helping a growing number of people give up texting and driving. It often takes a first-hand experience to fully understand just how dangerous this activity can be.
The assistant DOT commissioner for education and outreach said, “We’re trying to educate the public in a very hands-on way that is not preachy.” With this simulator proving the dangers of distracted driving, it is safe to say that authorities in New York, with the help of AT&T, have made an impression.
Source: New York Daily News, “OMG! Manhattan simulator proves to participants texting, driving don’t mix” Taylor Hintz, Jun. 17, 2014