North Carolina State Fair displays wrecked vehicle involved in fatal Asheville car accident blamed on teen's text messaging
Our Raleigh injury attorneys commend the highway patrol for displaying at the North Carolina State Fair the car driven by a teenager killed in an Asheville car accident while text messaging earlier this year.
As we continue to report, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When it comes to dangerous driving habits, teens are at risk for all of them, including distracted driving drunk driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts and riding with too many passengers in the vehicle.
But they are at particular risk for distracted driving car accidents caused by cell phones and text messaging. The government reports that teen drivers are more likely to text while driving than any other age group on the road. Nationwide, the government blames distracted driving for 5,474 deaths and 448,000 injuries last year.
Sixteen-year-old Ashley Johnson was on her way to an after-school volunteer session on May 10 when she was killed in a car accident while trying to read a text message, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Her car crossed the centerline and collided head on with a pickup truck.
Her father, Amos Johnson, hopes his daughter's crumpled BMW will help fairgoers understand nothing in a text message is worth dying for.
A recent survey by AAA found that about half of all teenagers admitted to either texting or using a cell phone while driving.
"Somebody's going to see this car, and they're going to stop texting and driving. I know they will," Amos Johnson said.