The mother of a young girl is lucky to be alive after a texting and driving mishap left her impaled on a highway guardrail.
The New York Daily News reported that the woman had dropped her daughter off at school in Elizabeth, Colorado, when she sent a “voice text” on her phone. She claims she only looked down for “a split second”, but that was enough time for her to drift off the road and ram her truck into a guardrail.
One of the poles from the guardrail penetrated her car, piercing the woman’s thighs and buttocks, leaving her hopelessly impaled. Paramedics cut the woman loose and rushed her to Parker Adventist Hospital, still firmly attached to the metal pole.
The young mother underwent surgery to remove the pole and close her wounds, saying she lost count after 40 stitches. She is expected to recover and says the accident has opened her eyes to the dangers of texting and driving.
“It’s devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don’t text and drive,” she said.
Most distracted drivers are very remorseful after they see the consequences of their actions. This driver survived and learned her lesson, but distracted drivers cause thousands of deaths every year.
Are Voice Texts Safer Than Standard Texts?
Some believe that “voice texts” are safer than written ones, but anything that causes a driver to take his eyes off the road is a distraction. Driving distracted still constitutes negligence, and careless drivers should be held responsible for their actions.
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