The current statistics don’t lie – texting and driving is a
serious problem with deadly consequences. According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting behind the wheel is more
dangerous than driving drunk and the prevalence of smartphones has made
this a national issue.
16 Americans die each day as a direct result of texting and driving. Unfortunately,
drivers can’t seem to keep their hands off their phones. Whether
it’s sending a message, checking email, or scrolling through Facebook,
it is no longer a shock to see the driver next to you hunched over a screen
instead of watching the road.
Given the gravity of this problem, it would be right to assume that states
are responding in kind. In reality, this is far from the truth. Many states
still don’t have any laws which ban texting and driving and those
that do make it easy for offenders to persist. California fines drivers
just $20 for texting and Florida comes in slightly higher at $30. Alaska
is currently the only state that is taking the texting and driving crisis
seriously. Those who are caught are fined $10,000.
Is there a viable solution to the problem?
Smartphones aren’t dying out – they continue growing in number.
From 2008 to 2015, the number of smartphones throughout the world increased
by 800 percent. Clearly a solution must be found or people will keep paying
the price. But is there one?
It appears there might be. Several companies, Apple included, are developing
software and devices that prevent drivers from accessing certain capabilities
on their phone, like texting, email, and surfing the web. But some believe
that it is time for the NHTSA to stand up for what’s right and enact
specific safety features that eliminate texting and driving altogether.
Each year, texting and driving kills an average of 5,800 American citizens,
double the lives that were lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
An additional 330,000 individuals are injured annually as a result and
many lives are just never the same.
At Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., we believe in doing all that we can to fight
for those injured by negligent drivers. Until texting and driving is no
longer a problem, we are committed to representing victims and their families.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a texting driver,
get in touch with our Orange County car accident attorney right away.