DISTRACTED DRIVING REVISITED

In an article in USA Today, the Journal News on August 10, 2014 by John Siniff relates his own accident with a woman who was on her cell phone. He relates statistics that show how bad things have gotten. About 660,000 drivers in the USA are using hand held cell phones while driving at any moment during day light hours. This number has held steady since 2010.

More than half of drivers, 55% admit to using a mobile phone at least some of the time while driving. 3,328 people died in crashes from cell phone usage in 2012 and 421,000 were injured. It is now illegal to text while driving in every state except Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas. In the Journal of Public Health found that such texting laws have lead to a 3% decline in traffic deaths. Such laws targeting young drivers have coincided with an 11% drop in fatalities among 15 – 21 year old. Yet, enforcement of these laws has been scarce and uneven. The author claims his accident was in many ways the best case scenario. Too many parents are buying teens whose fatal mistakes were to respond to an incoming text. The author states too many families are shattered because of a tech crazed culture mesmerized by glowing screens.

If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver, call the law firm of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800.