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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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.

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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!

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Distracted Driving Kills

Taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely is considered "distracted driving."  Statistics show the extent of the problem and the tragic results. In 2009,  5,474 people were killed  in motor vehicle crashes involving driver distraction, and 448,000 were injured.[1]Sixteen percent (16%) of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash in 2009 were reported to have been distracted. Text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction as it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. "Distracted driving" includes:

Texting Using a cell phone or smartphone Eating and drinking Talking to passengers Grooming Reading, including maps Using a…

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Texting While Driving: A Deadly Message

By Scott Fitzgerald, Summer Associate

On September 3, 2008, Linda Doyle was killed instantly in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when a 20-year-old driver ran through a red light and struck her car in the driver's door at approximately 45 mph. The driver who ran the light told police he was typing a text message on his cell phone and never saw the red light or Linda's small SUV.  1 In the aftermath of this tragic car accident, the National Safety Council put up billboards with Linda's picture and created a YouTube video to warn of the dangers of texting while driving. 2

The statistics are horrifying. Studies have shown that texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. 3

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