Young Man Gets Second Chance after Texting-Related Car Accident


“I need to quit texting,” texted Chance Bothe, “because I could die in a car accident.”

Moments after sending that text message on January 24, the 21-year-old plummeted off a bridge in the truck he was driving. Bothe suffered brain injuries and multiple broken bones.

Although he survived the accident, Bothe has only recently been able to discuss the incident after a six-month hospital stay. Chance Bothe is now using his second chance to spread the message that texting while driving is dangerous.

“Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” Bothe said in a New York Daily News article. “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.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cell phone use while driving dramatically increases your risk for being involved in a motor vehicle accident. One study cited by the NHTSA indicates you’re 23 times more likely to be in a collision if you text while driving.

If you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted or otherwise negligent driver, please contact for your free case evaluation and to locate a qualified personal injury attorney near you.