In Virginia, and across the country, the number of motor vehicle accidents due to a negligent driver or a distracted driver are increasing rapidly. Much of the blame for this has to do with the number of ways in which a driver can have the person's focus removed from the road. Driving is still an activity that requires strict attention and things like texting and driving contribute to the dangers on the road, and are a growing cause referenced when there is a car accident.
While in Virginia it's well-known that texting and driving is a dangerous activity that can lead to a car accident and injuries, people still choose to do it under the impression that a sending or reading just one text will not cause them to crash. Often, there's a misplaced belief in certain drivers that as long as they're driving below a certain speed, wearing their safety belts and taking quick glances at the road, there's no harm in sending a quick message to a friend. There, however, is potential harm in this practice and it is now illegal under state law.
If you have a teenager who has a cellphone, you know how much time they can spend on it. They snap a picture and send it to their friends, text for hours with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and check Facebook like no one's business. What you might not realize, however, is that your teen might be doing the same thing while they're driving.