In the past few years, the use of mobile phones has surged. As smartphones become more powerful, wireless downloads are getting faster and faster, and the urge to perform multitasking while driving is too strong, and many drivers can't resist it.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is a serious danger on the US highway. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed in the distraction of driving accidents in the United States, and another 450,000 were injured. Some studies have reported that the probability of a crash when texting while driving is 23 times that of a crash.
Danger of texting while driving
Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves three main modes of interference. These three main interference factors include:
Visual effect – The driver removes his gaze from the road
manual – The driver removes his hand from the steering wheel
Cognitive – The driver's attention is not focused on driving behavior
By distracting yourself in these three areas, motorists become harmed by themselves and others on the highway.
Legal consequences of texting while driving
In various states of the United States, texting while driving can be subject to various penalties. For example, Alaska may impose a severe fine on drivers who text messages while driving, as this is a Class A misdemeanor, a fine of up to $10,000 and a year of imprisonment. If someone is seriously injured by texting and driving, the fine will be raised to a Class B felony and a fine of up to $100,000 and 10 years of imprisonment.
In contrast, California imposes a fine of only $20 on drivers, while states such as Montana, South Dakota, and South Carolina have no prohibitions at all.
Even though most states prohibit texting while driving, the driver himself needs to exercise common sense. When driving, the driver should avoid using the phone completely. If the driver finds that they must send a text message or answer the call, they should pull it into the safe area of the roadside or in the parking lot to complete the task.
By taking some precautions, drivers can reduce the chance of a car accident by not letting their phones distract. Attentive drivers are much safer to themselves, passengers and others on the national road.
However, if you or a family member is unfortunately injured in an accident with a distracted driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.