Practical Advice for Avoiding Texting While Driving

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Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know texting while driving is dangerous, but recent studies show that more than half of all drivers admit to doing it anyway. In 2012 distracted driving accounted for more than 3,000 deaths in the United States, with texting proving the most damaging and distracting activity.[1] What can we do to curb this destructive behavior?[2]

Prevention

One way to prevent yourself from texting in the car is make sure you don’t receive any texts, so that you don’t feel the need to respond. Silencing your cell phone, turning it off or putting it somewhere that you can’t reach it (for example, in the trunk) before you drive…

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Parents Can Contribute to the Distracted Driving Problem

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the last decade. There is no doubt that cell phones have added a certain measure of convenience to daily life, but their use is not always appropriate. Increasingly, cell phones are being used behind the wheel, distracting drivers and causing accidents. Public outcry over news stories involving distracted drivers using cell phones prompted a number of states to take action and pass laws banning their use behind the wheel.

Almost every state has some sort of ban on cell phone use while driving and studies have shown that their enactment has been effective in reducing the number…

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The Danger of Drowsy Driving

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving is responsible for a large number of motor accidents, which is why many state legislatures have passed laws prohibiting texting and driving.  Speeding, reckless driving, improper equipment, and poor maintenance also cause many collisions, and there are laws against all of these.  However, another frequent cause of accidents is driving when a driver is drowsy.  

Remaining alert is critical to being able to respond quickly and to properly handle a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle.  Recent serious crashes in the national news involving buses where a drowsy driver is suspected to be a cause have highlighted…

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Do Texting Bans Work? The Effectiveness of Laws That Target Texting While Driving

By: Malcolm P. “Mic”  McConnell, III, Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

Distracted drivers cause accidents every day. Many of these collisions result in serious or even fatal injuries on America’s roads and highways. Although many actions can take a driver’s attention off the road, texting while driving has become increasingly prevalent, especially among teenage drivers. As a result, many states have passed laws that impose fines on drivers who “text-and-drive.”

Delaware was the first state to pass such a law, which went into effect in April 2005.  Other states quickly followed.[1] Currently, 44 states ban drivers from texting while driving.[2] There are four kinds of texting bans:

(1)…

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Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article,…

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Shocking Volkswagen Commercial Puts Viewers Behind the Wheel of a Distracted Driver

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, Virginia

Car commercials are nothing out of the ordinary when going to the movies, and so a recent group of patrons at a movie theater in Hong Kong had no reason to suspect such a scare when the lights dimmed and the newest Volkswagen commercial began to play.

Many campaigns against distracted driving have used shock value to prove their point, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s commercial that was aired during Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April. But Volkswagen’s new commercial drives home the perils of distracted driving in a way that exceeds anything else – it puts every viewer right into…

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A Reflection on Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

As we move into May, we have time to reflect on the many inspiring and heartbreaking stories that April brought through Distracted Driving Awareness Month. What were some of the ways people spread the word?

For the month of April, many states observed a zero-tolerance policy for distracted driving[1] and officials wrote up hundreds of citations as a way of showing their communities how serious they were about cracking down on distracted drivers. In one notable campaign in Calvert County, Maryland, dump trucks drove around police officers so that they could look down into other vehicles and catch drivers who were using cell phones.…

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Happy Song Post Fatality Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

At 8:33 A.M. on Thursday, April 24, North Carolina resident Courtney Ann Sanford was making her way to work. The sun was shining, one of her favorite songs was playing on the radio, and the weekend was almost here. One minute later she was dead.

“The Happy song makes me HAPPY,” the last status update on Courtney’s Facebook, was posted just one minute before dispatchers received the first reports of the crash that claimed her life. Investigators would later discover that Courtney also posted several selfies during her drive.

A North Carolina police lieutenant called the crash a sad waste, as well as a sobering reminder of…

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Dangers of Distracted Driving Summary: A New Study from the New England Journal of Medicine

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

The dangers of distracted driving are well-documented. Many states, including Virginia, have taken steps to ensure that drivers don’t engage in activities such as texting while they drive. Importantly, texting-and-driving is only one of many so-called “secondary tasks” that drivers perform behind the wheel.[1] The National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (“NHTSA”) defines these “secondary tasks” as communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation tasks not required to drive.[2] This includes taking on a cell phone, reaching for objects inside the car, eating, drinking and a wide variety of other activities drivers…

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A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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