When warning drivers about texting behind the wheel, it’s easy to stick to generalities. You may say something like “It makes an accident more likely” or “You should always try to avoid distractions.”
It’s not that those things are not true. They are. It’s just that they’re so general that it’s easy for people to ignore them or overlook the bigger issue. They know that it may make an accident more likely, for instance, but they still think that they’re safe enough. Or they think that it will happen to someone else.
How do you get through to someone who will not stop texting and driving? Some experts advise asking them something like this: “Is your text more important than your life?“
This works on a few levels. First off, it is specific enough to feel jarring. You’re not just talking about some abstract accident odds. You’re talking about the real ramifications. If they got into an accident and died, would that text be worth it?
Of course, the answer is no. That’s the other reason that this works. There’s no other answer. If you tell someone it’s dangerous, they can say that they’re still safe enough and believe it. If you ask them if it’s worth their life, they have no choice but to admit that it’s not. Sometimes, that stark reality is what it takes to get them to reconsider their actions.
Every time you drive, odds are good that people around you are texting behind the wheel. If one of them causes an accident, you may have a right to financial compensation for your costs.