October 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Appeals court decision may lead to texting and driving changes
Countless accidents involving texting and driving over the years have proven it's a dangerous distraction, but laws regarding texting while driving vary from state to state. Currently, it isn't illegal to text while driving
in Oklahoma, except for new drivers with learner's permits and intermediate license holders, who are banned from using hand-held devices while driving, according to DMV.org.
A potentially law-changing decision
Lawmakers in favor of outlawing texting and driving in Oklahoma have run into problems. News OK reported that a bill which would have banned texting and driving in the state, carrying a fine of up to $500 for people found guilty, was stalled last February. However, a recent decision by a New Jersey appeals court may have a ripple effect on texting and driving laws across the country, says the New York Post.
The prosecuting attorney said that in addition to the young man who hit a couple on their motorcycle and injured them, the boy's girlfriend should be held accountable by knowingly sending him a text message while he was driving that distracted him from the road. The appeals court ruled that the girl wasn't liable for the accident, but the lawyer said the ruling would "likely set a precedent" across the U.S. that could hold others liable for an accident besides the person who was driving.
Distracted driving is a problem in Oklahoma
Last January, a woman from Broken Arrow discovered how quickly and easily an accident can happen while texting and driving, says KTUL. She said she had texted while driving for a long time and didn't think she would ever get into an accident, but took her eyes off the road for a second to look at her phone and rolled her car; now she says she won't even drive with her phone turned on in the car.
Director Werner Herzog recently released a 35-minute documentary to drive home the important point of the dangers of texting and driving, says Bloomberg. In the movie, "From One Second to the Next," which is part of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign, several people share their tragic experiences of being affected by texting and driving.
It may surprise many people to find out that texting and driving is a far worse problem than they'd thought. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that 385 people were killed in cell phone-related car crashes in 2011, and 21,000 people were injured.
It remains to be seen whether or not another party can be held responsible for causing an accident by sending a text while the recipient was driving. In any case, the fact remains that people will continue to be injured by this dangerous practice until drivers realize that they need to keep their attention focused on the road, rather than on their phones.
If you've been injured in an accident
that was caused by a texting driver, you may be compensated for your medical expenses. It's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are.
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