Cell Phone Texting Issues

Do Cell Phone Bans Make Driving Safer?

By John Page on October 12, 2011 - Comments off

Over half of U.S. states have some law that prevents cell phone use and/or texting while driving. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has banned tractor-trailer and commercial bus drivers from texting or handheld use of a cell phone to talk while driving. But do these bans on cell phone use make driving safer?

According to a recent article in the Reno Gazette-Journal, they might not.

The Gazette-Journal cites a recent statement released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which states that researchers have not found that texting bans and other restrictions on cell phones decrease the risk of accidents. In fact, the risk of texting causing an accident may increase slightly in states that ban the act. Drivers who still try to text while driving in these states may keep their eyes off the road longer than they would if texting was not banned, since they are trying to hide their phone while texting. A study by researchers at Virginia Tech supported this claim, noting that commercial motor vehicle drivers who text are 23 times more likely to get into Missouri distracted driving crashes if they’re trying to hide the fact that they’re texting.

Although researchers may not agree on whether or not banning texting decreases the risk of accidents, they agree that texting while driving increases the risk of a crash. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, the experienced Missouri car accident attorneys at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.


Employers Work with States to Cut Down on Distracted Driving Accidents

By John Page on September 23, 2011 - Comments off

Distracted driving worries a lot of people on U.S. roads. Most drivers understand that others might be talking on the phone, texting, eating, or doing things that take their attention off the road, even if some drivers refuse to do those things themselves. Distracted driving can also cause motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents, all of which can cause injury. To prevent some of these crashes, employers in many U.S. states are working with states to create distracted-driving policies.

According to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 14 U.S. states have formal employer-state relationships designed to create official employer policies that mesh with state law. In other states, like Missouri, some employers are taking the initiative to create policies that prohibit texting or talking on the phone while driving. These policies help protect the safety of workers who must drive to do their jobs and they also help protect others who use the streets.

Companies that are more likely to have distracted-driving policies in place include motor carriers, like trucking and bus companies, and delivery services, according to a 2010 NHTSA study. These policies often prohibit texting while driving and limit drivers to using hands-free devices to make phone calls. Some companies prohibit phone calls on the road altogether, requiring drivers to pull over if they need to make or answer a phone call.

An employee that deliberately disregards his or her employers’ distracted-driving policy puts the safety of many people at risk. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver who was using a cell phone at the time of the accident, an experienced Missouri cell phone car accident attorney at Page Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 314-PAGE-LAW.


Distracted Driver Hits Pedestrians on I-70

By John Page on July 21, 2011 - Comments off

Two men who were putting gas in a vehicle on the shoulder of I-70 recently lost their lives when a distracted driver veered onto the shoulder and hit them both, according to a recent news report by KCTV. The driver later told police that distraction from using a cell phone had led to the accident. Police also suspect, but have not been able to prove, that alcohol also played a role.

According to Columbia police, who responded to the accident, the two men had each been driving a van east on I-70, when one of the vans ran low on gas. The men stopped to put gas in the empty van, filling it with a gas can. While they were working, an SUV traveling in the right lane hit them both. The accident occurred on a weekday evening.

One of the two men, a 73-year-old Auxvasse resident, died at the scene of the fatal accident. The other, a 72-year-old who lived in Prairie Home, was rushed to a nearby hospital, but medical staff were unable to save his life. He died in the hospital from injuries suffered in the accident.

Distractions from cell phones and other electronic devices cause thousands of accidents per year. Many of these accidents are fatal. While most U.S. states have passed laws that restrict or prohibit cell phone use while driving, drivers who do use them still have a responsibility to pay attention to the road in order to avoid accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident with a distracted driver, the experienced Missouri pedestrian accident lawyers at Page Law can help you protect your legal rights while you seek compensation for your injuries. Call Page Law at 314-322-8515 today for a free consultation.


Missouri May Ban Texting While Driving for All Motorists

By John Page on May 5, 2010 - Comments off

As the law currently stands in Missouri, no motorist under the age of 21 is legally allowed to text and drive. However, a News-Press NOW article discusses the Missouri Senate’s approval of a bill that would prohibit test messaging while driving for motorists of all ages. Motorists who utilize voice-activated or hands-free devices to text message would not be affected by the new texting ban if it is approved.

The new texting ban is a portion of a much larger transportation bill that would lower the amount of plates issued to Missouri drivers to one and also restrict the amount of money that cities can use for revenue funds from traffic violation fees. Based on the article, the Missouri Senate approved two amendments, one of which prohibits the use of red light cameras for enforcing moving violations. The other relates to lifting Missouri’s requirement for motorists to have their vehicles inspected every two years.

Texting has become second-nature not only to teens, but also to adults. While some may refer to the prospective ban on texting while driving for motorists of all ages as “unenforceable,” expanding the texting ban in Missouri could greatly help lower auto accidents caused by this type of driver distraction.

Motorist inattention from using a cell phone to make a call or text can lead to serious car collisions that result in minor to catastrophic injury and even wrongful death. Studies have shown that individuals who use cell phones while driving can experience a delay in reaction-time that equates, if not exceeds, similar distracted and dangerous driving behavior to possessing a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent.

At Page Law, our experienced Missouri accident lawyers understand the severe consequences of negligent and distracted driving. In dedicating years to helping those injured in auto accidents receive compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages, we work aggressively and efficiently to hold negligent parties liable for inflicting harm upon others. For a free consultation of your auto accident case, please call Page Law at 314-322-8515.


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