We’ve discussed the effects of cell phones (talking, texting, etc) in automobiles in past posts. Rhode Island is one of the many States to ban texting while driving but a recent report suggests that such laws may be ineffective in preventing auto accidents. The study compared auto accident statistics between States that have enacted cellphone bans and those States that have not enacted such bans and found little evidence that the laws were effective.
The growing concern comes amidst a University of Utah study which indicated that using a cell phone while driving was as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving drunk. Earlier this week Transportation Secretary,Ray LaHood, recently announced laws to prevent cell phone use by commercial truck drivers and bus drivers. However, effective efforts to curb cell phone use by the majority of drivers continues to be slow.
There is now substantial evidence that cell phones adversely affect drivers and can lead to auto accidents. If you have been involved in an auto accident and believe that the other driver was distracted by cell phone use, tell the police of your suspicion or attempt to secure eyewitnesses who can confirm the other driver was on the phone. This may help your case if liability (fault) for the auto accident is not already clear.
The Law Office of Joseph Lamy has a great deal of experience in auto accident claims. Whether your injury is minor or serious, it is important to contact our office right away to handle your auto accident claim.