Driving While Texting
Recently, studies of how text messaging affects one’s driving capabilities have been highly publicized. These reports indicate that texting while driving may be more hazardous than drinking and driving. Texting is not only a distraction; it diverts visibility, slows reaction time, and causes unexpected lane departures. Because of the hazards associated with texting and driving, many states are passing legislation to outlaw it.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, whether they were texting or not, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact a Cincinnati car accident attorney at Stepleton Dugan, LLC to discuss you grounds for filing a legal claim. Call 513-321-7733 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Hazards of Texting
Studies focusing on the hazards of texting while driving indicate that it is very distracting. Common driving behavior associated with texting includes:
- Slower reaction times
- Decreased attentiveness
- Frequent lane departures
- Variability in lane positions
- Impaired ability to detect hazards
Texting While Driving Legislation
Because of the safety hazards linked to texting and driving, many states are passing legislation which prohibits drivers from texting. Already, 17 states have outlawed texting and driving; however, it is a difficult law to enforce. Police officers will have to carefully survey a driver’s behavior in order to pull them over. Even once pulled over, it may be difficult to prove that the driver was texting.
If caught, however, a driver will generally be given a ticket and fined a large sum of money.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent driver, they may be liable for any damages you incurred. Contact Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733 to discuss your legal options.