What is distracted driving?

Injury from an accident with a texting driver

 

Ohio and Lakewood law prohibits texting or emailing while driving, subject to some exceptions. A minor with a temporary or probationary driver’s license is prohibited from using a cell phone while driving (Ohio Revised Code §§4511.204 & 4511.205). Many local Ordinances also prohibit or restrict texting, emailing and cell phone usage.

Mobile devices help us stay connected. Texting, tweeting or checking email are great but not when combined with driving! Distracted driving is an epidemic that is killing people and destroying lives. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a great time for all of us to help prevent these needless tragedies.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 450,000 people were injured or killed last year by driver distraction. Drivers on the phone are four times more likely to crash. Driving while on a cell phone (whether handheld or hands-free) reduces reaction time as much as being legally intoxicated. Teen drivers are most likely to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported and caused 16 percent of all teen crash fatalities in 2009. Texting or emailing creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

Recently, the National Safety Council released statistics indicating that 28 percent of traffic accidents occur when drivers are talking on cell phones or texting. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiled data that shows that a driver sending and receiving text messages takes his eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds of every six seconds while texting. This translates to a period of about 100 yards while driving at 55 miles per hour without looking at the road.

Knabe Law Firm Co., L.P.A. also aggressively pursues punitive damage claims against distracted drivers for compensation from the dangerous driver’s own pocket!

 

Personal Injury Attorney Kenneth Knabe

Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200

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