Texting and driving continues to pose a major risk of injury and death on the nation's roads. Thousands of people lose their lives every year as a result of a collision with a distracted driver, and hundreds of thousands are injured. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents, and 424,000 people were injured,
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw awareness to the issue. Its web site contains a voluntary pledge visitors can take (and dedicate to another person), promising not to drive while:
- Talking on the phone
- Using any form of social media
- Using voice-to-text features on a phone
- Typing a location into a GPS system
- Taking selfies or videos
Distracted driving isn't just another dangerous activity like riding a motorcycle or hang gliding. It's also against the law. In Pennsylvania, it's against the law for all drivers to text while driving. This is a primary law, meaning you can get pulled over for texting while driving, even if you have not violated any other law. In Ohio, texting while driving is banned, but it's a secondary law, meaning you'd have to be pulled over for something else before you could be cited. Furthermore, in Ohio, all cell phone use is banned for drivers under the age of 18.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver or if you've lost someone you love to this kind of accident, you deserve financial help recovering from your injuries and losses. A personal injury lawyer with experience handling distracted driving accidents can help you access the maximum possible compensation for what you've been through.