It should go without saying that the best way to prevent car accidents is to pay attention while driving. Yet, cell phone use, which distracts attention from the road, is common. Over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NJTSA) has been involved in tracking and developing strategies to address the problem of distracted driving. They have compiled a list of state laws regulating activities that cause distracted driving and are partnering with state and local police to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month, taking place throughout the month of April.
Study to Test Effectiveness of Distracted Driving Laws
The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Minnesota, recently published a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It examined state cell phone laws and the occurrence of texting and hand-held cell phone conversations by teenage drivers over the course of four years.
The goal of the research was to evaluate whether state-level cell phone laws were effective in reducing teenagers’ use of cell phones while driving. A list of state laws that regulate cell phone use while driving was compiled. The laws were evaluated based on whether they were specific to young drivers or applied to all drivers, and whether hand-held telephone conversations and texting were banned. The survey also asked how often cell phones were used and the method used to make the outgoing call. The data analyzed cell phone usage compared to the type of ban in place.
Results of Research
The study found that where states had cell phone bans in place, teenage drivers reported 55 percent fewer hand-held phone conversations. However, even with bans in place, about one-third of teenage drivers were still talking on the phone and texting while driving. The study found differences in the teenage drivers’ cell phone use based on the type of ban in place. When the bans were limited to just young drivers, they were not as effective as universal bans in reducing either hand-held conversations or texting.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving from cell phone use is a major cause of serious car accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation. It is important that you understand your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team of Delaware County car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC are here to represent those who have been injured in accidents. We are conveniently located throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we represent clients throughout the state, New Jersey, and Delaware. Call us at 215-569-8488 or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.