Orinda, CA – California already has a strict, no handheld device law on the books and yet texting and driving accidents continue to rise. “Has text messaging made our lives suddenly so important that nothing can wait?” asks attorney Nick Mastranglo.
Recently Mr. Mastrangelo represented the family of a man who was run over while changing a tire. The driver who hit him was texting.
Nearly 23% of all accidents are proven to involve the unlawful use of a cellular device. With text to speech and other software ads, it isn’t always easy to prove if the person was talking or texting. In California it doesn’t matter. Any use of a cellular device by a driver must be hands free. Even then it may not be as safe as you think.
Tests show that texting increases the risk of an accident by 23 times! In Belgium people were tested to see if they could pass a drivers test while texting and driving. The video on YouTube shows the reality of texting and driving.
Many other studies show that reaction times while reading a text are equal to drinking four beers or more.
Here is another bite to chew on:
According to court records, a New Jersey man was texting while driving when his vehicle strayed out of his lane, hit a motorcycle and severely injured both motorcycle riders. The injured couple sued the driver and the person who sent him the text when the accident occurred.
While the driver was found liable, the court found that the sender was not. However, in its opinion, the court said that a text sender might be held responsible if the person knowingly distracted the driver by sending a text he or she knew would be read immediately.
Texting While Driving Causes:
1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents
Texting While Driving Is:
1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers
Texting While Driving:
1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road
Please don’t text and drive.
Nick Mastrangelo is a personal injury attorney with the Mastrangelo Law Offices. This article is reposted here with permission.