You’ve probably heard that texting while driving is unsafe, but it
is important to understand the extent of the problem. Texting while driving
is only one of the ways in which distracted driving has manifested itself
as an epidemic on our roadways, and is becoming responsible for more and
more collisions, injuries, and deaths each year.
Every day, an estimated that 11% of drivers use their phones while driving
at any given time. According to the United States Department of Transportation,
cell phone use while driving is responsible for more than 6,000 deaths,
over 500,000 injuries, and 1.6 million car crashes each year. Sending
and reading text messages alone makes individuals 23% more likely to be
involved in a collision than other drivers and, according to The Virginia
Tech Transportation Institute, an individual is six times more likely
to get into a crash than intoxicated drivers.
These statistics are alarming, and it is easy to see how big the problem
is just by looking at current news. For example, a
NY Limo Driver Caught Texting and Driving was caught texting on his phone while driving a party bus down a New York
highway, endangering his 45 passengers. In other news, a
Connecticut Bus Driver Caught Texting and Driving was captured on video constantly looking down at her phone while driving
a bus full of people.
In order to address the problem, 14 states have responded with new laws
that forbid the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, and 46 states,
including D.C. and U.S. territories, have banned text messaging for all drivers.
Distracted driving presents a very real, unacceptable threat to property
and human life. The FCC is currently working with industry, safety, and
government organizations to educate the public about the problem and to
identify new ways to reduce incidences of distracted driving. Even wireless
carrier AT&T® has created the
It Can Wait campaign, touting the slogan “Your life is worth more than a selfie.”
Dedicated Representation for Victims of Texting-Related Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver
who was texting, we understand just how frustrating and difficult this
time in your life can be. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping
personal injury victims exercise their rights to claim compensation for
their injuries. You should not have to pay the cost of another person’s
Allow us to put our over 40 year legacy of success to work for you.For a
free consultation, contact a Springfield personal injury lawyer at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C.
today to begin reviewing your case.