DISTRACTED DRIVING | DRIVING WHILE TEXTING | CELL PHONE USAGE WHILE DRIVING
United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood declared the recent findings of an insurance industry study “irresponsible.” The conclusion of this study was that laws enacted by several states, banning phone calls and/or texting on hand-held devices, have NOT led to fewer accidents. This result is nothing short of astounding. It directly contradicts other findings and has become the subject of considerable controversy. This outcome flows from a study of insurance claims filed both before, and then following, the enactment of these bans in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
Six states ban the use of hand-held devices and nineteen states and D.C. limit the ban to texting.
The Governors’ Highway Safety Association limits its position to a ban on texting. It wants more data before deciding on whether to call for a ban on all hand-held devices. On the other hand, the National Safety Council wants to see a total ban on all distracting devices, including hands-free devices!
Should the issue of the use of distracting devices come up at trial, the potential certainly exists for dueling experts. Nevertheless, to the experienced Personal Injury Attorney, this is not an unusual occurrence and would not, and should not, deter the attorney from pursuing this item of evidence to what will hopefully be his client’s advantage.
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