Distracted Driving: Cell Phones, Texting & Motor Vehicle Crashes

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: November 29, 2023
Number of Pages: 119
In the age of smartphones and constant connectivity, the issue of distracted driving has become a pressing concern for road safety. Distracted driving encompasses a wide array of activities that divert a driver's attention from the road. While texting and phone use are primary culprits, other distractions include eating, adjusting the radio, and even daydreaming. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals a disturbing trend: distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents on our roads.

In the United States alone, over 3,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in the latest reported year. This accounts for nearly 10% of all fatal crashes. Moreover, the number of injuries resulting from distracted driving incidents is staggering, with hundreds of thousands affected annually. These statistics underscore the urgent need for increased awareness and preventive measures.

As society grapples with the rising tide of distracted driving incidents, legal authorities have responded with stricter measures to curb this perilous behavior. The consequences of being convicted of distracted driving can be severe, varying from state to state but generally involving fines, license points, and even imprisonment in extreme cases.

  • Monetary Penalties: Many states impose hefty fines for distracted driving offenses. These fines can range from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars, depending on the severity of the violation. Repeat offenses often incur steeper penalties, making it a costly affair for those who fail to break the habit.

  • License Points: In addition to financial penalties, convicted individuals typically receive points on their driving records. Accumulating too many points within a specified period can result in the suspension or revocation of driving privileges. This not only affects the individual's ability to drive but also leads to increased insurance premiums.

  • Insurance Ramifications: Insurance companies take a dim view of distracted driving convictions. With a tarnished driving record, individuals can expect a spike in their insurance premiums. In some cases, insurers may even choose not to renew policies, leaving the driver scrambling to find coverage at higher rates.

  • Legal Action and Imprisonment: In cases where distracted driving leads to severe accidents resulting in injury or death, legal consequences can escalate to criminal charges. Individuals found guilty may face imprisonment, adding a significant layer of severity to the penalties.

Our latest release, The MediFocus Literature Guide to Distracted Driving is an authoritative Guide to the scientific and medical literature that can help you master the intricate art of navigating distracted driving cases successfully. Don't let distracting driving cases catch you off-guard. Order your copy of the Distracted Driving Guide today and equip yourself with the knowledge and facts to deliver the best representation for your clients.
Distracted Driving: Cell Phones, Texting & Motor Vehicle Crashes is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 133 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • A unique "Author Directory" consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Distracted Driving: Cell Phones, Texting & Motor Vehicle Crashes. The "Author Directory" is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Causal mediation analysis of the impacts of distracted driving on crash injury risks.
  • Distracted Driving Laws and Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities.
  • The Association between Mobile Phone Use and Severe Traffic Injuries:
  • Distracted Driving, Visual Inattention, and Crash Risk Among Teenage Drivers.
  • The impact of driver distraction in tractor-trailers and motorcoach buses.
  • The driver-level crash risk associated with daily cellphone use and cellphone use while driving.
  • Mobile phone use during driving: Effects on speed and effectiveness of driver compensatory behaviour.
  • The effects of age on crash risk associated with driver distraction.
  • Relationship of Near-Crash/Crash Risk to Time Spent on a Cell Phone While Driving.
  • Associations of distraction involvement and age with driver injury severities.
  • Impact of texting laws on motor vehicular fatalities in the United States.
  • Distracted driving and risk of road crashes among novice and experienced drivers.
  • Compulsive cell phone use and history of motor vehicle crash.
  • The link between texting and motor vehicle collision frequency in the orthopaedic trauma population.
  • Cell phone use and traffic crash risk: a culpability analysis.
  • Accidents and close call situations connected to the use of mobile phones.
  • Texting and accessing the web while driving: traffic citations and crashes among young adult drivers.
  • Cell phone bans and fatal motor vehicle crash rates in the United States.
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