Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is dangerous. Yet every single day thousands of drivers continue to text while they are driving. It became such a problem, that in 2011, Kentucky enacted a ban on texting and driving. This law, however, has been difficult to enforce and the number of distracted driving accidents in Kentucky continues to climb. In fact, in 2015, there were 58,000 distracted driving accidents in the state of Kentucky alone. This was up 5,000 from previous years.
Why do drivers continue to text – even when they know it is dangerous? Many drivers believe that they are safer at texting than other drivers. They also believe erroneously that it won't happen to them. According to the Executive Director of the KY Office of Highway Safety, most people are simply desensitized.
Can a Driver Really Text Safely?
According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, texting takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. That five seconds is the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the entire length of a football field.
- Each day in the United States, there are 1,161 serious injuries and 8 deaths associated with an auto collision caused by a distracted driver.
- At least 660,000 drivers routinely use cell phones while driving, even though you are four times as likely to be involved in a collision if you are using a cell phone—talking or texting.
- In 2015 in the state of Colorado, transportation officials determined that distracted driving contributed to 16 percent of the fatal automobile collisions, and 26 percent of the non-injury crashes.
- Texting and driving is illegal for all drivers in 48 states—the exceptions, aside from Colorado, are Montana, Missouri and Arizona.
U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood stated unequivocally that “There is no way to text and drive safely.”
Contact Our Louisville and Lexington Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Kentucky car accident injury lawyer immediately. To learn more about your legal rights, contact experienced Louisville car accident attorney, Kevin Sciantarelli, today for a free consultation. Call 1-855-538-4611 or fill out our online contact form for more information.