The Facts About Distracted Driving

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

There are roughly 8.2 million people living in Virginia[1], and approximately 5.4 million of them are registered drivers[2]. With this many people on our roads, it's a small wonder that there were only 124,000 reported traffic crashes in 2012[3]. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") does give statistics on alcohol and speed related accidents, but doesn't currently give any for accidents caused by distracted driving. However, the US Department of Transportation ("USDOT") does have some national statistics on the issue. It reports that distracted drivers caused or contributed to 10% of crashes involving injuries in the…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Dangers of Texting While Driving & The Legal Responsibility for Distracted Driving

Author: Tammy Stafford Ruble, Esq.

We learn more every day about the dangers of texting while driving. A recent decision in New Jersey may signal a new era of expanding legal responsibility, not merely for the driver, but for those outside the car sending the texts.

According to the New Jersey decision, in September 2009, teenager Kyle Best was driving down a country road in New Jersey while texting back and forth with a female friend, Shannon Colonna. His pickup truck drifted across the highway and struck David and Linda Kubert in the oncoming lane of traffic. The Kuberts, riding on a motorcycle, suffered devastating injuries, each losing a leg in the collision. David Kubert saw it coming. "What…

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Distracted Driving Statistic: Infographic

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted drivers are one of the greatest dangers on the roads today. Studies have shown that driving with a significant distraction such as texting is equivalent to driving drunk. In addition, distracted drivers are on the road in much greater numbers and at all hours of the day. Cell phones, food and drink, and even loud or disruptive passengers all slow the reaction time of ordinary people operating dangerous machines. Distractions caused by texting and talking on the phone account for more than 40% of all auto accidents.

We are only now beginning to understand the dangers of distracted driving. New laws are going into…

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Do You Text When You Drive? For What It’s Worth, You Should Know The Law

Do U txt when U drive? FWIW, U shud no the law.

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Richmond Injury Attorney

On July 1, Virginia law changed and anyone who is tempted to text while driving should take heed: Before the change, texting while driving was what is called a “secondary offense,” meaning that a driver had to be stopped for some other offense before he could be charged with texting and driving. However, as of July 1, texting while driving is a PRIMARY offense, allowing police to stop drivers who are merely suspected of texting or reading text messages while driving.

The new law is Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-1078.1.[1] It provides, in pertinent part:

A. It is unlawful…

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New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

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Vanderbilt University Teams Up with Country Superstars to Share Important Message About Distracted Driving

Country superstars Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban teamed up with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through a newly released music video for "Highway Don't Care." Click below to view the video and learn more.

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/05/vanderbilt-county-superstar-tim-mcgraw-share-important-message-regarding-dangers-of-distracted-driving/

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How Dangerous is Texting and Driving? Take the Test!

Commentary by James Mick Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

The constant need to be “plugged in” remains a concern especially with respect to driving while texting/emailing/etc.  In August 2009 the New York Times published a game which purports to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions, such as texting.  We recommend you try it, your results may surprise (and scare) you!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/07/19/technology/20090719-driving-game.html?_r=1&

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Distracted Driving - Advice For Parents

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal car crash caused by distracted driving. What role can parents take to reduce the risk that their child will be involved in a car accident because of distracted driving? While you can't be with your child every minute, you can have an influence on what kind of driver your teen becomes. It is possible to help your teen develop a lifetime of good driving habits by following these three simple steps:

Have the Talk About Distracted Driving

Talk to your teen about the serious responsibility required…

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Allen & Allen is proud to sponsor the TXT-L8R campaign in Charlottesville

Allen & Allen is committed to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving. The personal injury law firm is teaming up with WCAV CBS 19 and the Albemarle County Police Department to make our roads safer by encouraging the community to "TXT-L8R." . Click on the link below to take the pledge: TXT L8R: http://www.newsplex.com/TXTL8R

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Distracted Driving - Facts and Statistics

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Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving requires the simultaneous use of multiple skills: focus and attention, coordination, as well as split-second decision making. When any one of those skills is compromised due to distractions behind the wheel, the driver immediately becomes more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and causes thousands of accidents annuallyon our nation's roads and highways.

Most drivers don't consider themselves distracted while driving. People assume that they can handle multiple tasks at the same time without any consequences. That may be the case outside of the car, but once a person gets…

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