Alabama motorists who text while driving may endanger both themselves and others. Although mobile devices can be convenient tools for communication, they can create distractions that have the potential to cause injury or death. Statistics indicate that distracted driving was responsible for 18 percent of fatal car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. As many as two out of every five American teenagers admit to having been in a vehicle in which a driver endangered others by using a cellphone. Additional statistics indicate that texting while driving may make the potential for an accident 23 times worse than driving while not texting. Of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who were involved in a car crash and survived, 11 percent admitted to texting at the time of the accident.
Because the problem of texting while driving is so significant, various agencies including the Federal Communications Commission have been working to create greater public awareness of the dangers related to this practice. Additionally, there is an effort to promote the development of technology to limit cases of texting while driving and other distraction issues. Collaboration is important as technology and information are shared through the FCC Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse.