The University of Alabama has published a study revealing the life-saving effects of texting-while-driving bans in many states. This is good news, considering that in 2011 distracted driving resulted in the death of 3,331 individuals and the injury of 387,000 in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the primary reason for these injuries and deaths is cellphone use.
31 Percent of Drivers Admitted to Texting-While-Driving
The University of Alabama claims that 31 percent of the driving public (between the ages of 18 and 64) has sent or read a text message or email while operating a motor vehicle within the last 30 days. The university further discovered, however, that states with texting-while-driving bans were showing fewer incidents of distracted driving-caused fatalities.
The researcher in charge of the study made several statements regarding the study results. She said that states with primary texting-while-driving bans showed a 3 percent decline in traffic-related deaths overall. Conversely, states that only had secondary bans did not see a benefit. A primary ban allows police officers to pull over an offending driver for only the texting offense. A secondary ban allows police to issues a citation, but only if the person was pulled over for another reason, like speeding or running a red light.
Texting Bans Even More Effective for Younger Drivers
The leader of the research further stated that the 3 percent decline in deaths in states with primary texting bans amounts to approximately 19 lives saved in each of those states every year. The figures were even more promising for states with primary enforcement bans on texting for drivers aged 15 to 21. In these states, an 11 percent decline in traffic deaths was reported for the younger demographic of drivers.
Drivers or passengers who suffer injury due to another driver's irresponsible texting-and-driving may have strong personal injury claims for financial restitution under the law. Restitution in such cases could include money for medical costs, money for physical pain and emotional suffering and other types of damages depending on the facts of the case.
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