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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
      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
      > "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.
      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!
      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
      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.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The person he was texting with, possibly someone that loves him, would have been 50% the cause of his death. That would be a ton of guilt to carry knowing you played that part.
        homeimps
        • 2 Years Ago
        There is talk now of holding people accountable when they are talking or texting with someone who is involved in an "accident". And yes, I put it in quotes as it is no accident. This is a deliberate, arrogant act which has already resulted in far too many tragedies. And as usual, the powers-that-be are moving far too slowly to do anything to stop it.
      • 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.
      homeimps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gee, a $25 fine...THAT should keep a lot of people from being stupid!
      • 2 Years Ago
      i meant to say the negative comments aren't necessary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was this " per Chance" or "per chance" that this happened ? Let it serve as a warning to all drivers !!!!!!
      Dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Darwin invented texting while driving to raise the national IQ average.
      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.
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