Texting — Everyone is doing it! — Just don’t DWT!
That is one trend to avoid. The statistics are overwhelmingly in favor of putting the cell phone away while you drive. Driving while texting (DWT) and cell phone usage in general increase erratic driving behaviors, including:
- fluctuation in speed
- not seeing brake lights
- reduced reaction time
- drifting in lane
- crossing center line
It is time to hold distracted drivers accountable for their behavior and for the damage, injury, and pain they cause. If you have been injured because someone was driving while texting, contact a DWT Car Accident Lawyer immediately, at 612-TSR-TIME begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 612-TSR-TIME end_of_the_skype_highlighting, to explore your options and protect your rights. The first 10 days following a car accident are vital. The insurance companies are already at work to defend against your claim.
DWT and Distracted Driving
Crash statistics surrounding distractions in vehicles, such as cell phone use, are growing. In April of 2006, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted drivers accounted for almost 80% of all crashes and 65% of near-crashes in the United States.
All it takes is a few seconds of multi-tasking for drivers to be distracted. Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va., explained that driving while texting is one of the biggest distraction for drivers. Passing legislation against DWT may not be enough. Adults need to take the lead and set good examples for their children and teens. McCartt added,
“I think that when parents talk to their teens about the dangers of passengers being in the vehicles, driving at night, not drinking, making sure they wear their seatbelt, they need to add to that list that teens shouldn’t be talking on the phone, shouldn’t be texting.”
DWT: What Can Be Done?
In 2010, the NHTSA plans to conduct a summit on the issue of cell phone usage. They want to fully determine the real dangers involved with distracted driving. DWT will be high on the agenda.
All of the attention and media coverage DWT has been receiving may actually be starting to sway the minds of those in charge at wireless phone companies. The cell phone industry’s main lobbying arm has long opposed bans on texting under any circumstance. However, they have now reversed their position and appear to support bans on texting while driving.
Driving is a privilege. All of us need to take the privilege more seriously and become more attentive to our driving habits. When using a cell phone, caution is advised. A driver should pull over to the side of the road if a mobile device needs to be used. This is mandatory for texting in Minnesota.
Do what it takes to promote attentive driving in your family. It may be:
- sign a pledge with your teen driver to abstain from DWT
- view the graphic youTube video with your teen driver to see the real dangers of distracted driving
- meet with your insurance agent and discuss how DWT impacts accident claims
- read the many articles about the number of lives lost because someone was driving while texting
- read police reports about teens that have been convicted of negligent homicide due to DWT
Minneapolis DWT Car Accident Lawyer
As personal injury attorneys in the Minneapolis area, we have represented many people who have had their lives harmed irrevocably by people who have been irresponsible or negligent behind the wheel. Whenever we work on cases of gross negligence, we are struck by how easily these accidents could have been prevented. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DWT car accident, contact Terry, Slane & Ruohonen for a free car accident consultation today.