Of the 2.5 million traffic accidents which happen in the United States every year, 64% of these accidents involve a cellphone. In 2014 alone, more than 3,179 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers.
17-year-old Matt Reeves was one of the lucky ones.
On September 2, 2016, this Manchester High School senior was driving through town in his mothers car. His cell phone was resting on the center console, but slipped off, sliding under the pedals.
I didnt feel like it would be that long to grab it, but when I came up it was too late, he said in an interview with WXYZ Detroit.
In the moments it took Reeves to grab his phone, he had crashed into the back of an SUV waiting to turn.
Reeves recalled the crash saying, I saw the rear end of the black SUV and I just remember hitting it really hard.
Reeves came out of the accident with severe injuries, including fractures in his nose, jaw, skull, and eye socket, an injured shoulder, a deep gash in his forehead and a serious concussion.
Despite these injuries, Reeves says that it could have been far worse. He could have been seriously injured, or even killed someone else, just by taking his eyes off of the road.
After the accident his mother, Linda, decided to share his story on Facebook to help prevent another accident like this happening. She ended her post Put the damn phones off and in a place you cant be tempted to reach for it. Matt was lucky. This could have had a different outcome.
Two months after the accident Matt has made a full recovery. He says he will never look at his phone while driving again, because he knows just how dangerous distracted driving can be.
According to studies, in the US every day 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving. Since they began speaking out about it, Linda says theyre hearing from loved ones and strangers who say theyve already changed their habits while driving.
Every person who changes their habits while driving could be one less statistic.
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