It seems so obvious, that texting and driving don’t mix. But so many people are still not convinced that their life, as well as the lives of others are at risk each and every time they drive while distracted. Recently, more studies and articles have been written that demonstrate people are using their high tech gadgets while driving. Some drivers even admit to texting with both hands while moving through traffic. A.J. Larson, a 20 year old man, was killed when his vehicle rolled through a stop sign into the path of a truck. Investigations later revealed that he was texting just a minute before the accident and received a text at the very moment of the accident.
“Drivers who are talking on a cell phone — hand-held or hands-free — are as impaired as drivers who have a 0.08 blood-alcohol level, one University of Utah research study found.”
“Even though you might be looking at what’s in front of you, you’re actually not seeing what’s out there because you’re focused on your cell phone conversation,” said John Ulczycki, executive director of transportation safety for the National Safety Council.
Now some people are seeking tougher cell phone laws, that would ban a driver from texting while operating his vehicle. Although there may be support for these measures, it may take some time before any new law comes to pass. For now, people should use common sense and wait until they can safely send and view messages before texting in an automobile.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact Sheller, PC to discuss your legal rights. We have a team of experienced trial lawyers who can assist you with all aspects of your case.