Posted on June 30, 2010 in Automobile Accidents
Because driving is such a common activity for most of us, we tend to forget the magnitude of the responsibility that we as drivers have towards other members of society.
The driver of a car is in sole control of an object that weighs thousands of pounds and can move at extreme speeds. The slightest distraction behind the wheel can lead to devastation, injury, or even death for the driver, passengers, occupants of other cars, or innocent pedestrians.
Bans on texting while driving
For this reason, many states, including South Carolina, are considering enacting legislation banning texting while driving. In fact, three separate bills have been proposed in the South Carolina legislature proposing such bans. One bill calls for a $25 fine, but would not allow police officers to cite motorists for texting unless they are stopped for another violation, or let texting be used as evidence of negligence in a lawsuit.
If a bill makes it through the legislature, the final law may not be so lenient.
Are these accusations fair?
A 2009 study performed by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates that texting may in fact be dangerous. The study examined truckers as they drove over 6 million miles, and concluded that people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in either a crash or a near-crash event than drivers who do not text.
The study involved cameras mounted inside truckers that tracked where the eyes of drivers were focused as they performed various activities.
In crashes or near crashes, drivers who were texting took their focus off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
This, of course, is important news for Columbia personal injury attorneys. Some measures, if enacted, will mean that texting while driving would be considered an act of negligence, opening the door for South Carolina personal injury lawsuits should a texting driver cause a motor vehicle accident.
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