The next time you think about texting while operating a motor vehicle you might want to read this story on how 22 year old Liz Marks made the wrong decision one day and changed her life forever as reported at People.com. Here is what they have covered on the story.
“I was warned about texting and driving, but I always thought, ‘It’s not gonna happen to me,’ ” Liz Marks tells PEOPLE.
In April 2012, just two weeks shy of her 18th birthday, Marks’ sedan plowed into the back of a flatbed truck that had stopped to make a left turn. She had been reading a text at the time – just one word sent from her mother: “OK.”
Marks was airlifted to the University of Baltimore Shock Trauma Center where she remained in the ICU for one month as she underwent multiple surgeries to reconstruct her face and skull.
“I’m deaf in my left ear, blind in my left eye, I lost the ability to smell and I lost all my short-term memory,” Marks, now 21, says. “I lost the ability to fall asleep without medication, I had to relearn how to walk, talk, read, write – everything.”
Marks spent three months at a rehab facility relearning how to complete the most basic human functions. During that time, she says she lost all of her friends. “They all moved on,” she says. “I developed a new personality and they didn’t like who I became.”
Marks’ story made national headlines and the U.S. Department of Transportation created a video about her experience that has been viewed more than 9 million times. Now, Marks and her mother, Betty Shaw, will appear on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? to share how the near-fatal accident has given both women purpose.
“It happened for a reason,” Marks says of the accident. “I’m able to change people’s minds about texting and driving because once I tell my story, people know it’s not worth it and they stop.” See photos and Continue Reading
If you don’t already know that driving distracted is not a good idea at all then maybe after seeing the results of someone who thought they were above it all will convince you to leave the texting alone while on the road and behind the wheel of an automobile. If you really need to send a message just pull over and park your car and make a call, I know it’s sad that talking on the phone is not as fun as texting but hey it’s quick, social and safe.