Las Vegas, NV Texting While Driving Injury Attorney
Texting and talking on hand held cell phones while driving has become a major problem in the U.S. When people are talking on the phone, or are sending or receiving text messages while driving, they put themselves, their passengers and others on the road in grave danger.
Some states have cracked down on texting and talking on the phone while driving, making it illegal for anyone to send or receive text messages or talk on the phone without using a hands free device. Nevada is one of these states. If you are involved in a car accident that is caused because another driver was texting or talking on a hand held cell phone in the state of Nevada, you can file an injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
Driver Distraction: A Real Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve driver distraction every single day. Driver distraction can also refer to using navigation devices, changing the radio and eating while driving.
Despite the risks associated with texting and talking on cell phones while driving, a shockingly high percentage of drivers still admit to doing it. The CDC reports that 9 percent of drivers in the U.S. admitted to texting or sending emails while driving “regularly or fairly often.” Another 25 percent of drivers admitted to talking on hand held cell phones “regularly or fairly often” in the U.S.
Studies show that people between the ages 18 and 29 are the guiltiest. According to the CDC, 75 percent of drivers in this age group admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving at least once in the last 30 days and another 52 percent admitted to texting or emailing at least once in the last 30 days.
NHTSA Creates Distracted Driver Program
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created the Driver Distraction Program in an effort to educate people about the risks associated with distracted driving and to eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving.
But, in the meantime, we still drive by people texting or talking on their hand held cell phones every day. Although this is illegal in the state of Nevada, people, especially young people, continue to break the law.