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Using Electronic Devices While Driving

It is illegal to text and drive in the state of Ohio. Additionally, it is illegal for drivers under 18 years of age to use a cell phone or other mobile device. Why it is legal for any driver to use a cell phone while driving is a good question when a few key facts are examined. For one, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concludes that cell phones are involved in 40 percent of all traffic accidents. Simply talking on the phone while driving is dangerous and distracting because it takes the driver’s mind off the road. Dialing a cell phone increases a driver’s likelihood of crashing by 2.8 times, while talking on a cell phone increases their chance of crashing by 1.3 times.

There has been a steady decline in traffic fatalities and rate of injury for the last four decades. Back in 1964, there was a total of 45,645 traffic fatalities, which equated to 5.39 deaths per 100 million miles. In 2013, that ratio was down to 1.1 fatalities per 100 million miles, which is 32,719 total deaths. However, there was a sharp increase in fatalities and accidents in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which may be due to increased use of electronic devices. In order to ensure that you give your family and other road users the safest possible driving conditions, it is best to never use any kind of electronic device while you are behind the wheel of a car. Thousands of lives could be saved and hundreds of serious, permanent injuries could be avoided if everyone adhered to this common sense rule of thumb.

Texting Is Six Times More Dangerous Than Driving Drunk

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting is six times more dangerous than operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08. This is because texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for a minimum of five seconds while they text. To put that in perspective, if a driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour, which is likely the bare minimum they would be traveling on a highway or freeway, they would travel the full length of a football field before looking up at the road. This opens up the opportunity for drifting into an oncoming lane of traffic or an adjacent lane of traffic. It significantly reduces reaction time if cars up ahead slow down or there is an emergency situation that requires quick braking. While reaching for a device makes a crash 1.4 times more likely, dialing makes a crash 2.8 times more likely, and talking on the phone makes a crash 1.3 times more likely, texting is the most dangerous of all. Texting while driving increases the likelihood of crashing by 23 times.

Contact An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a family member was injured or killed because of another person’s careless use of an electronic device while driving, you need an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer to assist you in the recovery process. Call Schottenstein Law Offices at (614) 467-8474to schedule your free consultation. Ed Schottenstein will fight to protect your rights!