Student Wrote Text About Needing to Stop Texting Right Before Driving Off Bridge
Chance Bothe, a 21-year-old Texas college student, knew the dangers of texting while driving. In fact, the last text he wrote before he crashed his vehicle said, “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.” Moments later, Bothe’s truck went off of a bridge and into a ravine.
Bothe survived the accident, but he sustained very serious injuries. He has been in the intensive care unit for the past six months while he recovered from a broken neck, fractured skull, facial fractures and traumatic brain injury. Bothe was brought back to life by doctors three times. Over the course of his recovery, Bothe had to learn to walk and talk again.
This story highlights one of the reasons that distracted driving is so dangerous. Distracted driving includes using a handheld device to send or receive email or text messages, adjusting a radio or GPS, or anything that takes a driver’s attention off of the road. People know they shouldn’t text and drive, but they do it anyway. Chance Bothe knew he shouldn’t have been texting, and he even articulated that knowledge moments before he was involved in a horrific car accident.
Texting while driving is illegal in Georgia, and a total of 39 states have banned cell phone use behind the wheel. Still, distracted driving killed 3,092 people in 2010, and 416,000 people were involved in an accident with a distracted driver, according to government statistics. Studies have shown that distracted driving is even more dangerous than driving while drunk. Chance Bothe is lucky to be alive today after such a terrible accident. Sending that text message can wait-distracted driving is just not worth it.