It appears to be universally accepted that texting while driving is not a good practice. It causes drivers to be as much as 23 times more likely to be in an accident, and many safety advocates believe that it is an epidemic comparable to drunk driving.
When people think about texting while driving, they commonly think about unsuspecting teenagers being injured in horrific accidents. While these images may persuade people to put their phones down, an accident involving a convertible and a manure truck may be more effective.
A man driving a rented Ford Mustang with the top down crashed into the back of such a truck.
According to media reports, the man was texting while behind the wheel and did not notice the manure truck. He did not have enough time to stop or avoid the truck and crashed. While the driver was not seriously injured (he suffered a broken finger, ironically) the car's front end was damaged. The truck driver was not injured.
The accident occurred in a rural area of Wisconsin, but it could happen in North Carolina as well. The report did not indicate whether he would be cited for violating the state's ban on texting while driving, or whether he would be cited for speeding or any other moving violation.
Fortuntely for the driver, the truck's cargo was not compromised. It would have been a calamity of epic proportions if the manure spilled out onto the car (and the driver) since the top was apparently down. It would have been quite a story to tell the rental car company.
Source: UPI.com, Matthew Bruhn was allegedly texting when he crashed into a manure truck, August 21, 2013