The continuing trend by national institutes tasked with examining the data surrounding auto accidents recently culminated with the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") making an across the board recommendation that all cellphone use be banned while driving.
The Chicago Tribune's examination of the conversation surrounding this proposal in Illinois seemed to indicate that it was unlikely that such a proposal would gain serious traction, due to its harsh tone and difficulty to enforce. Yet more research data recently released indicates that the problem may have more practical effect than initially meets the eye.
Time Magazine recently reported here that a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed a 50% increase in text messaging while driving.
What makes these figures particularly troubling to personal injury attorneys is that they are potentially part of a much larger problem. Traditionally,factors such as driving in a hurry, not watching the road, and focusing attention on something other than the road are each factors where one of which, standing alone, can be the cause of an accident and a subsequent lawsuit. Texting or emailing while driving can encompas each of these factors all in one simple act. And with studies such as those mentioned in Time suggesting that this practice is on such a rapid rise, one can only assume that it has the potential to get worse. In any case, these studies present all the more reason to keep a constant lookout for the other drivers on the road.
Have a safe and accident-free holiday. In the unfortunate event you are involved in an accident, obtain all the information possible immediately at the scene and take notes (if you can--get to the doctor or hospital first and foremost though if you are injured). Then contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights. Do not talk to any insurance people without an attorney present. You can contact us here 24/7/365-even over the holiday weekend any time (and we really mean that as we will answer our phone) if you have any questions and to learn how we may be able to help you.