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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.
Any handheld device used or capable of being used in a handheld manner, that is designed or intended to receive or transmit text or character-based messages, access or store data, or connect to the Internet or any communications service as defined in s. 812.15 and that allows text communications.
If Texas were to pass a bill that would ban texting while driving, Texas would join 39 other states and the District of Columbia in banning texting and driving for all drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In Florida, officials may not approve of the nature of the beast, but they cannot pull a driver over for speaking on their cell phone while driving. Driving and talking on a cell phone is perfectly legal in Florida.
In order to fight the texting and driving epidemic, one state (New York) is looking to use an innovative new way by using a “textalyzer” device on cellphones.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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