Growing up, Wil Craig wanted to be in the military. As a high school teen, he spent his spare time training with the Indiana National Guard so he could serve his country in the armed forces.
“I wanted to be a hero,” Craig wrote in an article for HLN.
Craig has come to terms with the fact that he will not become a soldier. Five years ago, he was riding in a friend’s car while the friend was speeding and texting. The car crashed into a tree. Craig sustained broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a traumatic brain injury that still affects his speech and movement.
After spending eight weeks in a coma, Craig found the strength to recover by strengthening his spiritual bonds.
“During this process, I reconnected with my faith and believe God helped me through the worst of it,” Craig said. He now dedicates most of his time to educating teens about how dangerous texting while driving is, and how a text is not worth a life.
“Even though I can’t be a soldier, I still want to help protect lives,” Craig said. “I still want to be a hero.”
Craig’s efforts are a good step towards reducing fatal car accidents caused by distracted driving. Car accidents are the number one killer for young Americans, and research from the Pew Research Center shows that 34 percent of 16- and 17-year olds have texted while driving, and 40 percent felt that a driver’s cell phone use put people in danger.
If you know someone who died or suffered severe injuries because of another driver’s distracted driving, call us today at (615) 866-3938. During your free consultation, we will listen to your story, get to know you and provide you with opportunities for seeking justice.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
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