Many drivers consider their time behind the wheel as an opportunity to make phone calls and send text messages. Maybe you have even found yourself guilty of this at one time or another. You think to yourself — it will only take a second. Try five seconds, which is the minimum amount of time your attention is taken off the road while texting and driving. In those five seconds, you can travel the length of a football field without ever glancing at the road. Simply put, using a cell phone while driving is extremely dangerous, especially texting and driving.
What happens when a distracted driver who is dialing a phone or sending a text message slams into you causing serious injury to you or someone you care about? As a result of their careless decision, you are left injured, worried, and confused. You may have had to take time off of work. Your medical bills are piling up. You may be asking yourself, "Do I Have a Case?"
As of March 8, 2012, texting while driving is illegal for all drivers in Pennsylvania. Here are the laws related to texting while driving:
As of January 26, 2010, all commercial vehicle drivers in the United States are banned from text messaging and using hand-held cell phones while driving.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) defines a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as any vehicle that is:
This texting and hand-held restriction was ordered directly by the DOT and affects truckers and bus drivers across the country. Those who violate this federal ban on texting may be subject to fines up to $2,750.
Statistics prove that texting whil driving is the most dangerous activity on the road - even more dangerous than drinking and driving. That's why our attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates urge you to use cell phones responsibly, for your safety and the safety of others on the road.