January 23rd, 2015|
Cellphones today allow us to communicate almost anywhere in the world. While most people see this unlimited access to talking and texting as a good thing, it can also prove to be extremely dangerous—especially when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of car accidents today, accounting for as many as one-third of all motor vehicle collisions. That’s why a group called the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety are calling for all states to ban texting or talking on cellphones while driving.
Our state has heeded these suggestions, and in order to reduce Indiana car accidents that are caused by distracted drivers, Hoosier lawmakers have proposed a bill that would prohibit drivers from using handheld electronic devices while driving.
The state has a law in place that prohibits texting and driving, but an article from the Terre Haute Tribune Star explains legislators hope to expand the law. The aim is to make using any sort of electronic device to communicate while driving illegal. The only exception to the law would be if a call or text was being sent in an emergency situation.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating effect distracted driving can have and we’re hopeful the laws that have been proposed pass. In the meantime though, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers explain you can do your part to prevent distracted driving accidents by promising to focus on the road while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
December 18th, 2013|
December 18, 2013
Distracted driving is playing a contributing factor in a growing number of accidents involving motor vehicles that result in serious injuries. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2011, a total of 387,000 motorists were injured in accidents stemming from distracted driving, while the number spiked to 421,000 victims being reported the following year.
More recently, the Terre Haute Car Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain distracted driving was to blame for an accident that left a 79-year-old driver seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash happened on Saturday, December 14, at the railroad crossing located at the corner of Evans Avenue and Dwelling Road in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana.
According to ABC News, the victim was operating a minivan along the westbound lanes of the road as he approached the crossing. Police determined the driver was not paying attention as he crossed the railroad and a passing train struck his vehicle.
The impact of the collision left the motorist with critical head and leg injuries.
The accident highlights the serious dangers distracted driving can pose and leaves many motorists wondering what they can do to prevent being the victims of such a collision. The law firm’s Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers says one of the best ways to stay safe is to eliminate all distractions before driving and encouraging others to do the same.