Texting and driving easily causes distracted driving car accidents in Skagit County. To help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving and car wrecks, here are more facts about texting while driving.
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Cell phone usage and texting while driving - Distracted driving is a major cause of serious and fatal motor-vehicle crashes each yearIn 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a Carnegie Mellon study, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. And a report from the National Safety Council found that people talking on cell phones or sending text messages cause more than one out of every four traffic accidents. Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving - the ultimate form of distracted driving.
Is a distracted driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone always at fault in a collision?Since every crash and every case is unique, and since the laws differ from state to state, anyone who has been injured in a crash with a driver who was using a cell phone should consult with a personal injury attorney who will explore the facts of the collision, collect all related documentation, and oversee an insurance claim to ensure that an injured person's rights are protected.
Smartphones have made it very easy for people to stay connected. However, they also pose serious safety risks when people use their phones to text, email, chat or make phone calls while driving.
According to AAA, a driver who is chatting on a hands-free device is twice as distracted as a driver who is not. And, drivers who utilize technologies that allow them to dictate emails or texts face triple the distraction levels of those who are simply driving.
The Phoenix car accident attorneys at Lerner and Rowe want to help keep your attention on the road so you can reach your destination safely. Our board certified personal injury attorneys have handled many distracted driving cases and offer the following tips...
Despite years of warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of using mobile devices behind the wheel, distracted driving jumped significantly in the past year, according to a newly released state traffic safety study.
Texting and driving is not illegal in Texas in most situations unless you’re in a certain city; there are about 40 cities in Texas where it’s illegal to text and drive – Corpus Christi is one of them so you can’t text and drive here. But there are exceptions...
Did you know that Florida has a law against texting and driving?
It’s true. But you can be forgiven for not knowing that this law exists, because texting and driving is only a secondary offense.
What does that mean? Learn more here...
In addition to being illegal, using a smartphone while driving places a great deal of liability on the shoulders of the driver should a car accident occur. The trouble is figuring out if cellphone use was actually happening right at the moment of collision. Learn more here about Texas distracted driving laws and liability after an accident.
he potential for a murder charge to be filed is unlikely but damages may be increased due to the nature of the accident and how this could have been prevented with the use of simple discretion on the texting driver’s end.
More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of texting and driving. In fact, more and more laws are being created to deal with this dangerous habit in drivers worldwide. And yet drivers continue to believe that they are immune to the risks, and use their phones. In Washington State, this can mean a ticket, despite the many excuses offered to the Officer. Click here to read about what not to say if you're pulled over for distracted driving.
In the next few decades, we might be riding cars that drive us, leaving us free to completely distract ourselves with video screens and any other tasks than driving. Projections from some studies show that this could reduce accidents by 90%. Bill Coats Law takes a look at what implications autonomous vehicles have for personal injury cases.
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