Measures have been taken in various states to keep drivers from texting and talking while driving, but studies show that the law is not having much impact on the number of injuries caused. The number of fatalities caused by phone use while driving was 2,600 in 2003. That number increased by 22% between 2005 and 2009 and is only expected to worsen.
“Young drivers are at a greater risk, both because they use cell phones more than older drivers, and because they are inexperienced behind the wheel. I see this problem only getting worse unless more is done to prevent it,” said Dr. Coben of WVU School of Public Health.
A total of 39 states have banned texting while driving and talking on a cell phone has been outlawed in ten states, plus the District of Columbia. There are various public awareness campaigns that bring attention to this epidemic as well. But, the fact remains that these don’t have the desired impact on human behaviors. Dr. Coben believes that maybe improvements in technology will be the best answer.
“Solving this problem will require new approaches. My hope is that ten years from now, there will be systems built into all automobiles that disable all hand-held devices when the car is in motion, allow only hands-free phone usage and convert incoming text messages to voice and outgoing voice commands to text using hands-free voice recognition technology.”
Involved in an Accident Caused by Texting
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that was caused by another individual’s texting, you should hire a lawyer to represent your case.
Injuries and fatalities due to someone’s urge to send a text is unacceptable and our office wants to help the victims of such tragic accidents. Call 800.637.8170 to speak to one of our lawyers about your case, ask any questions that you have, as well as receive a free case evaluation over the phone.
We want to help you in any way that we can as we believe we believe that a failure to act against such cases will only worsen the epidemic.