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Texting while driving almost cost 21-year-old Chance Bothe his life on January 24. And one of the final texts he sent was a chilling acknowledgement of the danger he had put himself in.

"I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident," he typed shortly before plummeting off a Texas bridge into a ravine, according to WBTV.

Incredibly, Bothe survived the crash, but just barely. He had to be revived 3 times and suffered serious brain injuries and broke nearly every bone in his body. The past six months, Bothe has been in rehab, trying to regain the ability to function as he did before the accident.

Only now can he finally talk about the crash.

"Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," Bothe said, per the Daily News. "I went to my grandmother's funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I'm surprised that's not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever."

Cell phones have become a part of our daily lives and, because of this, they have begun to interfere with our driving habits at alarming rates. Dr. Jacob Joseph, from Bothe's rehabilitation program, told The Daily News that the he has seen more and more serious injuries resulting from texting behind the wheel.

"And unfortunately I don't think we're going to see a decrease in that anytime soon," he said.

The issue has caused numerous advocacy groups and more than a couple of politicians to call for sweeping bans of handheld devices in the car. Recently, the entire town of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed legislation that made any kind of distracted driving illegal and subject to a $25 fine.

Check out the video above to see Bothe's incredible story. And remember, texting can wait until you're out of the car.




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      • 2 Years Ago
      i meant to say the negative comments aren't necessary
      skiharder
      • 2 Years Ago
      dah driving should be your only focus. Just like DUI you have a choice and if you kill someone else its the same as taking a gun and pulling the trigger.
      Stuart
      • 2 Years Ago
      CAN'T YOU SEE THIS REAL LIFE CAR ACCIDENT? WHY WOULD YOU KEEP TEXTING PHONE WHILE DRIVING? HOW DARE HELL YOU ARE THINKING OF THIS? YOU THINK DRIVER BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE? HELL NO! YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPEN A FEW SPLIT A SECOND PERSON WALKS ACROSS STREET YOU HIT A PERSON KILLED!! YOU KNOW WHAT POLICE WILL DO WITH YOU? YOU ARE FACING GOING TO THE JAIL! STOP TEXTING! YOU CAN TEXTING WHEN STOP LIGHT OR PULL OVER OR TURN THE ENGINE OFF! PERIOD!
        ladyfawne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stuart
        I can see English is not your first language, but your message came across perfectly! Well said!!
      conrock54
      • 2 Years Ago
      This bozo gets no sympathy from me, I'm just glad he did not take out someone else with his stupidity. There ought to be a law you can take out people who are texting and driving or ar the very least run them off the road as they do to others.
      Cookie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Texting while driving is the absolute worse thing that has happened since cell phones have had texting!! Some how,, some way, there should be harsher penalties for people that do,, if only for their own benefit.
      k8reg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tell my kids, that if they want to text or talk, pull off the road. There is nothing more important than being alive and loved. I also set an example by not answering the phone when I am driving. I also tell them that if I call them or text them and they do not answer, I will know it is because they are driving.
      • 2 Years Ago
      First of all i have noticed and I presume they are men making the comments about women driving while texting and we are the worst on the roads, well this is a GUY ********. Talk about GUYS doing the woman thing. Guys are worst when it comes to doing stupid things if you don't believe me just watch "Jackass" they are ALL men. Geeze get off the women bull shite. Yes I am talking to you envoyltd & irocker350. I was hit by 2 people texting and I was at a stand still 1 woman right behind me and the other a guy and he never bothered to stop he was going 55 mph heading straight for a red light.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The State Motor and Safety Vehicle Agency should make it Illegal to "Text and Drive." We knew for a fact that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk. Therefore, instead of misdeamenor why don't we raise the bar and make it a "Criminal offense?" This is the only way these Texters will learn. We should impose a hefty fine ($1,000) and one month suspension of driver's license seems a good start. for first offense. For anything after that - it should be complete REVOCATION of driving privileges.
      LL
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      • 2 Years Ago
      > "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident," he typed shortly before plummeting off a Texas bridge into a ravine, according to WBTV. IRONY.
      grnsfld
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was this " per Chance" or "per chance" that this happened ? Let it serve as a warning to all drivers !!!!!!
      Terry
      • 2 Years Ago
      @coughlinpatrick~Re-read what you wrote. You are someone who will eventually end up in prison because of your attitude with texting and even drinking and driving. How would you feel if you were texting while drunk or not and ramming into a car, only to find out it was YOUR family member that you killed.............So I believe you should either stop what you are doing, grow up and stop writing something so ignorant. Believe me, you kill someone while doing either of the 2 situations you have mentioned, you will have to live with what you did for the rest of your life. Nightmare after nightmare and never a moments peace in your head. Just something to think about long and hard. Kids your age never thing about CONSEQUENCES. Your attitude tells alot about you and think it won't happen to you and you don't ever plan on changing your ways. Keep re-reading the word that I capitalized above before you sit in court crying because you possibly killed a family member and can't even attend their funeral because you are sitting in jail for Vehicular Homicide.
        mjoutfit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry
        Terry, you completely missed 'coughlinpatrick's' obvious sarcasm... you provide a long lecture to someone who does not deserve your attention.
          Terry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mjoutfit
          I worked in a prison, not a county jail, for over 28 yrs. Everyone I spoke with that had his attitude of sarcasm certainly regretted what they did and were never the same person. The remorse is sometimes more than they can bear. I didn't miss his sarcasm, I wanted him to think about what he said, trying to be funny and let him see what an idiot he is for even writing what he did. I am certainly not giving him positive attention. It's kids like him that are the problem on the roads. I also got the part of him saying that he had to "share a joke" with someone. He wasn't a waste of my time. I do care and just wanted him to re-think what he wrote to be funny. I can only hope that he is kidding even if its NOT................My comment also was meant for other kids that think this is funny. Maybe just one kid will get it and think twice. I retired from prison and the stories I read of crimes that brought them in and to see how they handled life in prison was a wake up call for them but unfortunately it was too late for them and they no longer joke about it because they didn't think it would happen to them.
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