Cell Phone Use While Driving
April 23, 2013
Cell phone use while driving, particularly text messaging, increases the likelihood of an injury accident significantly. One study found that nearly half of all drivers under the age of 18 admit to cell phone use as well as texting while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration (NHTSA) estimated that as many as 5,500 fatalities on U.S. roads may be linked to distracted driving.
In 2010, Kentucky became the 22nd state to outlaw texting while driving. Curiously though, attempts to remedy the cell phone and texting problem through legislation have met with conflicting results. A recent survey of the efficacy of laws banning cell phone use while driving found that these bans did very little to minimize injuries and fatalities.
So, what do you do if someone talking on a cell phone hits you or a family member?
If you've recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident, the odds that driver distraction played a role are high. But proving that the person who hit you was on a cell phone or otherwise distracted may be more difficult than you think. For example, what if the driver had just been starting to write a text message? Or what if service records are not available, or worse - not admissible?
To get the best results, retain an injury attorney who has the experience, insight, and reputation to deliver – even in complex cases. At the law firm of Natalie T. Stuart, I have helped victims since 1996 and I have collected millions of dollars for my clients. Call me today for a free and confidential consultation.