A young motorist was killed while texting at the wheel of his car, only moments after leaving a speed awareness course. The motorist swerved into the path of an oncoming truck, which was unable to move out of the way in time.
The lorry happened to have a camera on the dashboard, which captured the moment where the crash occurred. The crash happened last November, on the A614 between Burton Agnes and Haisthorpe, in East Yorkshire.
The crash happened at 1:04 pm, which was the same time that the driver sent a text message from his phone.
Sean Worthington, 29 years old, had just completed a 12 hour night shift in Driffield at the Cranswick Pet Products factory. Straight after the nightshift he drove to York to take part in a speed awareness course.
He was returning to his house in Bridlington when the crash happened. The camera on the truck captured the time of the accident as being 1:04 pm, the exact same time at which Shaun was sending the text from his mobile phone.
The driver of the truck, Mr Mark Harness, did make it clear at the scene that he had tried to swerve to avoid Mr Worthington’s car. However, due to the nature of the car’s movement and speed the crash was completely unavoidable.
Mr Worthington had just purchased a new mobile phone, which did not fit into his hands-free device that he normally used in his vehicle.
The coroner attached to the case returned a verdict of accidental death. Mr Paul Marks also cautioned people to not use their mobile phones while driving.
Hands-free devices and accessories are the only alternative, the coroner noted, to using a mobile phone while driving. Currently, car crash incidents involving mobile phones are close to becoming more common than drink-driving accidents and fatalities.
A much bigger problem
Unfortunately, Mr Worthington is not the only motorist killed while texting at the wheel, and road safety campaigners estimate that by the end of the year 2015, the problem will be worsened. They say that the 290 deaths every year that such behaviour is responsible for will mean that mobile phone usage while driving will overtake drink-driving as a cause of death.
Accidents involving mobile phone usage and driving have risen in number every year since 2009. Research has shown that concentration can be reduced by up to 50% while using a mobile phone in your car. This is similar to the effect caused by drink and drugs.
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