As technology has advanced over the last couple of decades, we find ourselves attached to our cell phones and other portable devices. Sometimes we feel naked if we leave home without them. In fact, many of us have forgotten how to function without a phone with us at all times. Further, people have become more accustomed to sending text messages instead of communicating by talking on the phone. This activity has proven to be extremely dangerous when combined with driving. When people text and drive, they are turning their car into a weapon.
Currently under Kansas law, drivers are allowed to talk on their cell phones without the use of a hands-free device. However, Kansas was the 26th state to ban texting while driving. Talking on the phone while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, but it doesn’t typically require you to take your eyes off the road the way texting does.
For example, even if you have a hands-free device to speak on the phone, your mind might be more focused on a conversation than paying attention to traffic lights and other vehicles on the road. I’m sure we have all experienced this at one point in our lives. We drive for five or ten minutes while talking on the phone, and realize we don’t even remember the details of driving for the period of time we were on the phone. We are on auto-pilot and go with the motions, but may not be prepared to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident, or use our turn signal to change lanes.
If driving while talking on the phone is dangerous by itself, it is no wonder that texting while driving has caused deadly accidents over the past few years. Texting actually requires drivers to take their eyes off of the road. The most devastating aspect of texting while driving is that most text messages don’t need to be read or answered while a person is behind the wheel. If a message is so important, a driver can pull to the side of the road, park, and read or write a text message. Motor vehicles are heavy machines that cause serious injuries when they collide with other vehicles. It takes concentration and coherence to drive a motor vehicle. Many people forget how much of a responsibility driving can be, and adding texting into the mix only creates for a dangerous recipe of injury and death.
Further, texting while driving can be just as dangerous as, or even more dangerous than, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While a driver under the influence may not see the road clearly, when someone completely takes his or her eyes off the road to send or read a text message, this is no different than having blurred vision because there is no vision at all if there are no eyes on the road. Don’t let yourself or a loved one suffer injuries because of a preventable accident. Follow Kansas law, and don’t text and drive. The innocent victims of these needless accidents are put in harms’ way for no important reason at all, and those victims deserve to receive compensation for their suffering.
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If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident caused by another’s inattentive driving, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Too many injuries and deaths have resulted from distracted drivers using their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. With 27 years of experience, Attorney Michael R. Lawless will evaluate each and every fact of your case to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To speak with Michael R. Lawless about your potential case, call our office today to schedule a free consultation. You may reach us by calling our Lenexa, Kansas office at (913)-681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at 1 (800)-734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond as soon as possible.