Even with states passing laws and educating drivers on the dangers of texting while driving, many drivers continue to act in this negligent manner. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents that result in serious personal injury and death.
Facts about Texting and Driving
- Studies have shown that almost one-fourth of car accidents involve drivers who were using their cell phones at the time of the accident.
- Texting demands that the driver divert their attention from the road for a minimum of five seconds. Other typical distractions divert the driver’s attention for much less than five seconds.
- If a driver is driving at a speed of 55 mph, he or she will travel 100 yards in the time that their attention is on texting.
Laws against Texting and Driving in Covington
Kentucky lawmakers have passed laws to discourage the dangerous practice of texting while driving. The law is even stronger for drivers under the age of 18 stating that they may not utilize a cell phone for talking, texting or emailing. The fine is $25 for the first offense and $50 for all offenses after the first. Police officers can pull over a driver if they suspect texting and driving. No other offense has to happen.
Covington Car Accident Lawyer
Paul Dickman has handled hundreds of personal injury claims involving car accidents that occurred due to a negligent and distracted driver. While the fine for texting and driving might seem minor, the costs of severely injuring someone or even causing their death has far-reaching consequences. Contact Dickman Law Offices for a free consultation for your personal injury claim.