Distracted driving a motor vehicle is a recipe for disaster. Distracted driving can take many forms such as tuning the radio, dialing a cell phone and texting. The statistics on car accidents caused by distracted driving are staggering. Hundreds of thousands are injured each year because of this.
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West Chester, Mason, and Cincinnati Ohio
Ohio recently passed its texting and electronic device use while driving law. In the wake of a new government survey that over 1/2 of teenagers admitted testing while driving this law could be a big deterrent.
How The Ohio Texting Law Works
Teenagers are banned from using all electronic devices while driving. Adults are banned from texting while driving. For teenagers it is a primary offense and for adults secondary. This means teens can be pulled over if this is the only violation, while adults can be pulled over only if there is another violation.
As a Cincinnati car accident injury lawyer I know that texting kills. Ohio should enact a law without delay. Currently the house has passed a law and it sits in the Senate. Recently a pragmatic and highly intelligent and concerned State Senator William Seitz has gone on record as to the problems with the bill. Republican Senator Bill Seitz was reported as saying, "It's a feel good law that's not going to accomplish very much," Seitz pointed out that we already have a reckless driving statute.
If you have suffered a serious injury because a driver was texting in Cincinnati , West Chester , Mason or anywhere in Southwest Ohio you should consider contacting an experienced Greater Cincinnati car accident lawyer. Although you may think you have an open and shut case think again.
As a Cincinnati injury lawyer I find it sad that more has not been done to prevent the use of cellphones by car drivers. Recently the Federal transportation Board called for a ban on cell phone use in autos , except in the case of an emergency. This was preceded by recent deadly car crashes. Texting shows a conscious disregard for the high probability of causing a car accident injury. If texting causes a car accident injury it should demand not only compensatory damages but punitive ones as well.