Posted on March 30th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Text messaging has become the new topic of debate in cell phone usage while driving as the occurrence of texting-related accidents is on the rise.
In what many have called a social epidemic, text-messaging among young teen drivers in particular has many officials quick to draw up new legislation banning the practice. U.S. News and World Report recently published an article about this very topic, stating that about 20% of drivers text while driving, a statistic that jumps to 66% when 18-24-year-olds are isolated.
Although no one knows the percentage of accidents caused by texting, more and more accidents today attribute the cause of the crash to an inattentive driver who was either texting, checking voicemail or dialing.
Cell-related crashes have become so prevalent that legislators in five states have banned hand-held cell phone usage while behind the wheel. Washington and New Jersey expressly prohibit driving while texting (DWT). So far, 16 states are considering similar legislation that will either outlaw or restrict the practice, and 24 states are deciding on whether to ban talking on cell phones as well.
Some of the reasons mentioned in the article for why texting has become popular among all age groups is the increased sophistication of phones that cater to texting abilities through the use of touch-screens or full keyboards. The danger obviously is that too many drivers are looking down at their phones instead of the road.
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to driver carelessness or reckless driving, call the Car Accident Attorneys at Page Cagle today for a free consultation. We handle cases in both Illinois and Missouri.