Georgia is one of the majority of states that have prohibited texting and driving. States have moved forward to ban sending and reading text while behind the wheel because distracted driving crashes are so much more likely to occur when a driver is texting. In fact, a texting driver is as much as 23 times more likely to get into a crash compared with a driver who is paying attention.
Since texting bans in most states have been in place for several years, researchers decided to conduct a survey in order to determine if these bans have had an impact. News Max recently reported on the results of the research, which revealed that there has been a decline in motor vehicle accidents in states with texting bans. Drivers need to be aware of texting bans and follow them in order to help contribute to the decline in traffic deaths. If motorists chose to drive while texting, an Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can help victims of any resulting collisions to pursue a claim for compensation if a crash occurs.
Texting Bans Make an Impact on Motor Vehicle Accident Reductions
A total of 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting. The majority of the states have a primary ban, but five states have a secondary ban so a driver can be cited for texting only if they also break other traffic laws. Of the five states that do not prohibit all drivers from texting, there are some limits in all of them, such as prohibiting young drivers or school bus drivers from texting behind the wheel.
Researchers reviewed information on crash data from states that passed texting and driving bans between 2003 and 2010. The research revealed that there was a seven percent decline in the hospitalization rate for motor vehicle accidents compared with states that did not have a ban in place.
Although this decline could be a positive indicator that texting bans are working, researchers indicate that they cannot definitely prove the bans caused the decline. However, the team who conducted the research tried to account for other factors that might have played a role in explaining the decline. This includes things like speeding, driving while impaired, handheld phone use, and teen driving restrictions.
Even when filtering out these other possible causes of reduced accident rates, texting bans still appeared to cause a decline in hospitalization for motor vehicle accidents. The biggest impact was in the states that had primary enforcement texting bans, so drivers can be pulled over on suspicion of texting alone.
The impact of this study could perhaps prompt other states to act in order to make motorists safer. The decline in traffic collisions should also provide further encouragement to motorists to stop text and driving, if they have not already done so. Drivers are legally responsible for their negligence behind the wheel, and texting is one of the most careless and high-risk behaviors a person could engage in.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a distracted driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.