August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Injuries and fatalities caused by texting and driving is a growing problem in the country. According to DontDriveandText.org, drivers texting, emailing or using electronic devices
cause approximately 2,600 deaths and 300,000 crashes each year in the United States. The issue is becoming so prevalent that New York has enacted laws and strict penalties in an attempt to prevent more deaths and injuries related to texting and driving and cell phone use.
Cell phone laws in New York
Talking on cell phones while driving has been illegal in the state since 2001 - a law that has expanded to include a ban on the use of any type of portable electronic device while behind the wheel. USA Today says studies have proven cell phone use while driving to be as dangerous as drinking and driving.
New laws that went into effect in July impose higher penalties on using cell phones while driving, according to Syracuse.com. First-time offenders face a fine of $50 to $150. The fines can go up to $400 for repeat offenders, as well as result in more penalty points on driving records.
The dangerous distractions of texting and driving
KHOU.com reports on a documentary a Hollywood filmmaker is working on about texting and driving. In the film, he interviews people who have been permanently impacted by four different texting and driving accidents. The Centers for Disease Control say that texting and driving takes the driver's attention away from driving for longer periods of time and more frequently than other distractions. Young drivers with less experience are at the highest risk of being involved in fatal crashes caused by distracted driving.
StopTextsStopWrecks.org suggests several ways to avoid being involved in a distracted-driving crash:
Refuse to text while driving.
Turn the phone off and put it away while behind the wheel.
Download an app to prevent texting while driving.
Designate a passenger to text instead.
By taking a few simple precautions, anyone can avoid becoming a tragic statistic - or causing one.
Contacting an attorney for help
Despite the best precautions, there will always be other drivers who are not as careful or disregard laws and safety practices. If you've been impacted by a distracted driver, you can be eligible for compensation of expenses resulting from an injury or death. Contact a personal injury attorney with experience in texting and driving accidents to find out what your rights are.