A teenager who was texting-while-driving caused a car crash that killed an innocent father in early 2011. The teen, Aaron Daveau, was sentenced to two years in prison. The court’s ruling comes over a year after the accident. The victim, Daniel Bowley, suffered severe head trauma and survived for a few weeks in a hospital until passing away from complications caused by his injuries.
Daveau’s prison sentence is the maximum allowed under Massachusetts law. Texting-while-driving is against the law in over three dozen other states, including North Carolina, which has the highest number of fatal car crashes caused by teens out of any state in the country.
A study of North Carolina teen drivers found that many new drivers are breaking the law and using their cell phones behind the wheel even though they understand the consequences. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety provided the research, which determined teenage girls have a higher propensity to use mobile devices while driving.
Survivors of a car accident may have to adjust to an entirely new lifestyle and have life-long medical care expenses if their injuries are permanent. As new legislation gets reviewed and enacted over the next few years, every state will start to use negligent drivers as examples for future cases. Like the accident caused by Daveau above, the state is using his car crash as an example to other citizens about how dangerous texting-while-driving is and the extent to which drivers—young and old—will be prosecuted and held responsible.