August 30, 2012
Text Messaging Continues to Take Toll on Roads
Text messaging makes it 23 times more likely that a driver will be involved in a car accident, according to a research by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
According to researchers, sending or receiving a text while driving 55 mph takes driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds -- enough time for the car to pass the entire length of a football field.
A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that the habit of texting while driving has not come down especially among young drivers. In the survey, 58 percent of high school seniors admitted to texting or emailing while driving during the previous month. The same was the case with 43 percent of high school juniors.
This number is significant considering the fact that only 9 percent of Americans overall text or e-mail while driving, according to a CDC survey.
The 2010 statistics reveals 3,092 people were killed nationwide by distracted drivers and an estimated 416,000 were injured. The number indicates that teen drivers clearly bear the overwhelming responsibility for accidents caused by engaging in this activity.
Text messaging while driving is banned in several states. In Connecticut, use of handheld phones while driving is prohibited. It also bans the use of hand-held and hands-free cellphones for all drivers under the age of 18. Other than for emergencies using text messaging while driving is also prohibited. If caught texting or illegally using a cellphone while driving in Connecticut, drivers can be fined $125 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $400 for every subsequent violation.
Strict laws are implemented to protect and compensate victims of texting while driving. Victims can approach a personal injury attorney to protect their right and collect compensation for the injuries caused by a negligent driver.
Several apps are being developed to help drivers stop text messaging while driving. One such latest app is UrVoiz, a new iPhone (News - Alert) application that lets users send voice messages to their phone to update their social networks. The idea behind the application is to allow drivers to take advantage of an “eyes-free” mobile experience.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca
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