Cell Phone - Texting
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.
St. Louis, MO
How Many Car Accidents Are Caused By Texting And Driving?
Many drivers text while behind the wheel, assuming it is less dangerous than other risky behaviors, like driving under the influence, but that’s not the case.
St. Louis, MO
Is It Illegal to Text and Drive in Missouri?
If a texting driver causes a car accident, they could be held liable in civil court for the resulting damages. That is true regardless of whether they face charges for breaking Missouri’s texting-while-driving law.
Paul Nix, 68, killed and alleged DUI driver Kenneth Johnson, 22, arrested when vehicle strikes pedestrian in yard off of Hopewell Road in Cumming, Georgia
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
How to Stop Your Need to Text While Driving
47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban texting while driving says the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.
Are teenagers addicted to their phones? Half of them say yes they are.
As a personal injury attorney here in Bellingham, I feel like this problem has one of the greatest negative impacts on driving habits. If a teen can't get off the phone in general, driving is too often just another place to be on social media or the web.
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM
Alice Cameron, 49, killed in pedestrian collision at Paseo de Peralta and Griffin Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico
South Bend-Elkhart, IN
Katerina Evans, 19, injured when alleged distracted driver crosses line, hits oncoming vehicle on Indian Lake Road in Silver Creek Township, Michigan
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA
Aimee Thompson, 40, injured in distracted driving rollover crash on I-81 near Frackville, Pennsylvania
Jalisco Leos, 29, fatally struck by train while talking on cellphone near West 17th Street and Utica Avenue in Lorain, Ohio
Woman taking selfie seriously injured in 60-ft fall off Foresthill Bridge in Placer County, California
San Antonio, TX
Texting and driving in Skagit County
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.
Can distracted driving be proven?
This is because every call or text is logged into your phone record. If someone has a hunch that cell phone usage was a contributor to the car accident, those records can be subpoenaed.
Scott Brunton, 34, dies after being struck by distracted hit-and-run driver on Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville, California
Providence, RI-New Bedford, MA
Onasi Olio Rojas, 20, streams Facebook Live video of himself driving over 100 mph, crashes into dump truck in Providence, Rhode Island
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Driver with both hands on phone causes fatal crash, killing Kyra Faith Hayes, 16, in St. Croix County, Wisconsin
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
Jordan Luis Rodriguez, 17, dies after using cell phone, crashing into tree on Northdale Boulevard in Tampa, Florida
Kansas City, MO
Chloe Beaird, 7, and Gavin Beaird, 13, killed in 5-car pileup on I-70; 1 driver arrested for DWI in Blue Springs, Missouri
Woman frees up hands for texting by driving with feet (PHOTO)
I don't know why this woman is trying this hard to make me mad when I DON'T EVEN KNOW HER.
In photos submitted to WPVI in Philadelphia, a woman is seen not letting pesky ol' driving get in the way of not driving. Instead of even pretending to drive like a pretend-responsible human being, she has her feet up on the steering wheel, eyes - and hands! - focused entirely on the non-task of screwing around on her phone. Somebody please arrest her.
Distracted driving a possible factor in head-on crash that critically injured 2 on Highway 64 in Burke County, North Carolina
Craig Knowlton, 31, and Jasmine Bickford injured in alleged distracted driving crash in China, Maine
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