A Ford F-150 driver was distracted by his cell phone and caused a multiple-vehicle crash on an Oklahoma highway.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving killed 3,166 people in 2017. Easily the riskiest thing to do while driving is to look at your cell phone as it often requires the driver's eyes to be taken completely off the road, preventing even a hint of vision from providing a warning. Texting while driving can often take 5 seconds or more, and at highway speeds, that's an eternity.
One driver found out just how dangerous it is to text and drive the hard way when he plowed into the back of a car on the highway.
The scene comes to use from YouTube account 111 Aerial, where the video description tells the story. The footage was taken from a dashcam so there’s no hypocrisy on the part of the poster, who says that they noticed the driver of the white, regular-cab F-150 looking down at their cell phone moments before the crash.
You can see at the beginning of the video that traffic on the I-235 near Oklahoma City was slowing down for some reason. An attentive driver would have had more than ample warning to also bring their vehicle to a stop in order to avoid a collision. Sadly, this driver was busy sending a text, laughing at a Facebook joke, or doing something else incredibly stupid.
This caused his F-150 pickup to slap into the back of a smaller black car, crushing its trunk and force it underneath the rear axle of a second white pickup in front of it. That second white truck is then catapulted into the air as the smaller car acts as a ramp, causing the black car’s hood to crumple upward.
"No text, no phone call, nothing on the mobile phones is worth the reckless and sometimes tragic consequences it can result in,” writes the video poster. We don’t know what the final results of this accident were, but they almost certainly resulted in injuries all around.