Distracted driving costs consumers, insurance companies

Texting while driving is a growing problem that is costing drivers and auto insurance companies more money with every passing year.

Texting while driving is a growing problem that is costing drivers and auto insurance companies more money with every passing year.

A recent Associated Press report focuses on a high-profile football player from the University of Texas, Sergio Kindle, who was involved in a texting-related crash that caused him a concussion.

According to the wire service, Kindle was texting and struck a building, causing $8,700 in damage that he will pay for either out of pocket or with his car insurance policy.

Kindle will not face criminal charges, in part because he caused no other injuries, and a university spokesman was quoted in the report that the linebacker will be "fine."

While further injuries and damage were averted in this case, not everyone is so lucky. One such incident that made national news took place in Boston earlier this year when a subway driver crashed while texting, injuring dozens people and causing several million dollars in damage.

Such incidents have led many states to pursue new steps against distracted driving in general, which can also include activities like talking on one's cell phone.

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Posted: July 10, 2009

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