The Dangers of Texting while Driving
No one denies the convenience of cell phones. Lately, text messaging has become a faster, more efficient way to communicate. Texting seems to be the prevalent mode of communication by Generation Y (people born between the mid 1970s to the early 2000s).
Younger generations nowadays are constantly texting. Nearly 46% of drivers under the age of 18 admit to sending text messages while driving!
With the texting while driving phenomenon increases, so does the probability of being seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that people who send text messages while driving are 23 more times likely to be in a crash than drivers who are not distracted.
It is illegal in the state of California to text while driving. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger banned reading or sending text messages while driving. Texting while driving distracts even the best driver or the fastest texter. As of 2009, anyone caught texting while driving is fined $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any electronic devices while driving. The law is meant to encourage driving with hands on the wheel and to promote eyes on the road.
Even with the ban on texting, I have personally seen many people (usually younger people) texting while driving. As a result, their reactions are slowed and their attention is elsewhere, increasing the risk of causing a motor vehicle accident. Sadly, many people are permanently injured or die because the other party could not wait to send a text message.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident whereby the other party was texting while driving, contact York Law Firm. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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