Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Practice

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August 21, 2014 | Auto Accidents |

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There is a good chance you know someone who has texted while driving. You may have even done it yourself. But did you know that the practice has been illegal in Indiana for the past three years?

Indiana Bans Texting and Driving

When House Bill No. 1050 was signed into law in the summer of 2011, it became illegal to text while driving in the state of Indiana. The law has likely saved lives due to fewer drivers sending and receiving text 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 drivers are looking at their phones while driving their cars.

Texting and Driving Accident Statistics

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 last year were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, which was a 9 percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.

Five seconds is the average time a driver’s 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.”

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident and believe the other driver was distracted, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Automobile Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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