For the past decade, distracted driving has affected countless people across the country. In 2017, over 3,100 people were killed by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of the most common forms of distracted driving is texting and driving. Texting and driving is the most dangerous form of distraction because it takes your attention away from driving safely.
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Because it’s such a hazard to text and drive, the government has implemented many new laws to prevent texting and driving accidents.
Have Cellphone Bans Reduced Accidents?
Many states restrict cellphones to hands-free use or have entirely banned them while driving. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), hand-held cellphones while driving bands had no change in rates of insurance claims. HLDI tested enforcement periods by looking at reported crashes into insurers in the same areas to determine a pattern in reduced accidents. However, HLDI determined that there was no corresponding reduction in crashes.
Why Are Cellphone Bans Failing?
HLDI’s studies lead researchers to believe that accidents continue to occur because hands-free systems are still distracting. In fact, research from the National Safety Council found that hands-free cellphone use while driving is just as dangerous. The problem is that drivers can’t truly multitask while texting and driving. You can’t be completely focused on the road while trying to navigate your route or send a text on your hands-free device. Although some states have completely banned cellphones while driving, it doesn’t mean that all drivers have stopped using them.
Hudson Valley Car Accident Attorneys
Regardless if a driver is using a hands-free device, it doesn’t mean they aren’t driving distracted. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was using their phone, you’re entitled to seek compensation. At The Ahearne Law Firm, P.L.L.C., we help people injured in car accidents caused by another person’s careless behavior. Our team of attorneys provides clients with honest communication and strong cases. We work tirelessly to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Give our Hudson Valley car accident lawyers a call today at (845) 763-4100 for a free consultation!