October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Lessons for New York car accident victims from latest texting study
There are a variety of scientific studies pointing out the dangers of texting and driving. From studies focusing on decreased reaction time when responding to or reading a text while driving to the increased likelihood of involvement in a car accident
while texting, these studies all point to one conclusion: texting while driving is dangerous.
The most recent study, published in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management and discussed in a recent LA Times article, takes a novel approach to analyzing these dangers. Researchers with the study surveyed over 100 male and female college students asking a series of questions that focused on texting habits and the students' perception of how texting impacted their driving ability. According to the study, male students are more likely to believe that texting does not impair their driving ability while their female counterparts are more likely to admit texting has a negative impact on the ability to safely operate a vehicle.
Details of study
Researchers reported that students sent an average of 82 texts per day. Although the study found males texted less often than females, researchers also noted that the findings point to males being less aware of the dangers of texting while driving.
The authors of the study also stated that laws forbidding texting and driving appeared to have minimal impact on people's habits. The study was conducted using a relatively small sample size and researchers admit that this may have a negative impact on their findings.
Impact of study on New York accident victims
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of fatal crashes in 2010 were caused by some form of distraction, such as texting or talking on a cellphone. This statistic supports the notion that driving while distracted is dangerous and increases the driver's risk of involvement in an accident.
Not only is texting while driving dangerous, in New York it is also against the law. It is illegal for a driver to send text messages or use a hand held mobile device to check and respond to emails while driving. Those who partake in these actions will receive a traffic ticket and must pay a $150 fine. Drivers also receive driver violation points ranging from three to five points depending on when the offense was committed. Fines and penalties increase with subsequent violations or if violation results in an accident.
Those who choose to text while driving and cause a car accident, regardless of their gender, may be held liable for any injuries that result. If injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, victims may be eligible to receive compensation. This compensation can help cover the cost of treating the injuries and lost wages. Contact an experienced New York motor vehicle accident attorney to discuss your case and better ensure your legal rights and remedies are protected.
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