There’s a good chance you know someone who has texted while driving. You may have even done it yourself. Did you know that it’s been illegal in Indiana for the past three years?
When House Bill No. 1050 was signed into law in the summer of 2011, it became illegal to text while driving. It’s a good law. It’s likely that lives have been saved due to fewer folks sending and receiving messages, when they should be paying attention to the road.
Unfortunately, not every driver in Indiana has taken the law to heart. Texting and driving is a dangerous mix. Look around when you’re stopped at a stoplight. Odds are, you’ll see at least one person looking down at their phone and not paying attention to the light or intersection. Think about how many are looking at their phones when the cars are moving.
In an ideal world, nobody would ever be injured due to someone else’s negligence or inattention. Unfortunately, people are hurt in car accidents every day, and it’s not always their fault. Someone like you could be following all the rules of the road and still be involved in a car crash, because the other driver was distracted by a text message or phone call. All it takes is a momentary distraction to cause an awful accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. This was a 9% increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field, according to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As AT&T says in their campaign against texting while driving: “It can wait.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, and believe the driver at fault may have been distracted, contact the personal injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham. We’ve litigated several cases on behalf of clients who were injured due to distracted drivers. As always, we offer a free case evaluation, and never charge any fees unless we successfully resolve your case.