Texting has become so commonplace in modern society that some people have begun developing repetitive strain injuries like “texting thumb” because of it. This is a concern by itself, but when texting goes on behind the wheel of a car, it can be deadly. Far too many people have already lost their lives because of distracted driving. The emergency care physicians and trauma team at Riverside Community Hospital urge our neighbors throughout Riverside to think twice before texting while driving.
The Prevalence of Distracted Driving
Car crashes caused by distracted drivers have increased at an alarming rate. According to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, 1.7% of drivers in 2013 were found to be visibly manipulating devices or text-messaging. Just one year later, that statistic had risen to 2.2%. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rate of being observed texting while driving. Perhaps even more alarming, a 2015 survey found that one-third of respondents admitted that they texted while driving and three-fourths of responders reported seeing others texting while driving.
The Risks of Distracted Driving
Texting while driving and engaging in other forms of distracted driving can result in life-threatening injuries that require intensive trauma care. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a registered nurse on the trauma care team at Riverside Community Hospital describe the types of injuries they see in the ER. These range from concussions and open fractures to internal bleeding caused by spleen and liver injuries-just to name a few. The patients who end up in the Trauma Center aren’t always the ones who caused the crash by texting while driving. Quite often, the patients are innocent victims of the carelessness of others. By choosing not to drive while distracted, drivers can help save the lives of others as well as themselves.
When a car accident does occur in the Riverside area, patients and their families can rely on Riverside Community Hospital. We are among the largest emergency care facilities and Level II Trauma Centers within the Inland Empire. Please refer all medical emergencies to 911; non-emergent inquiries about our community hospital may be directed to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.