Texting While Driving Illegal in Virginia (and Many Other States)

James Mick

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

Sending a text message while driving is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia.[1]  But why?  Because more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[2] 

Texting while driving is the most dangerous distracted driving activity because it combines all three types of driving distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel, and Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving.[3]

In Virginia it is illegal to text while driving, and if you are under the age of 18 it…

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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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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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National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

Author: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers cause car accidents.  Every day, on our roads and highways, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people.[1] Many times these are friends or family members who are in the vehicle with them.

When a driver takes his or her focus away from the primary task of driving, the risk of being involved in a car crash immediately increases. What are people really doing while they are driving? Why do drivers get so distracted? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a recent survey (11/2010 - 12/2010) to look at distracted driving behaviors and attitudes of drivers over the age of 18. Over 6,000…

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