Spread the word: Distracted driving is a life-taker
Despite what we now know about alcohol's effects on driving ability, it took a long time for drivers in the United States to really recognize the dangers of drunk driving. To illustrate, consider that the annual number of drunk driving deaths has been reduced by half since Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded more than 35 years ago.
Drunk driving is still a serious problem in Missouri and throughout the country, but education, legislation and law enforcement have played major roles in stopping a very dangerous behavior. The same will need to happen with regard to another form of driver negligence: distracted driving.
Studies have shown that distracted driving -- and particularly texting while driving -- can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. When a person is texting behind the wheel, that person is visually, manually and cognitively distracted, and drivers need to focus their eyes, hands and minds in order to operate a vehicle safely.
Because texting while driving is so distracting, one study cited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration likened texting while driving to being blindfolded behind the wheel.
Still, you probably don't have to look far to see drivers texting on Missouri's roadways. Many states have banned texting while driving, but so far, Missouri state law only bans texting for novice drivers -- those who are 21 or younger.
The reality is that accidents caused by texting drivers can be devastating for victims and their families. At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, we understand what auto accident victims go through, and our firm is committed to protecting victims' rights.
To learn more, please see our car accident overview.