Distracted driving has been a topic of concern for quite some time, as New Jersey and Pennsylvania distracted driving car crashes are on the rise. With the advancement of technology and the prevalence of smartphones, it becomes more and more tempting for drivers to multitask in the most dangerous way possible.
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In an effort to combat the rising numbers of car crashes that are caused by distracted driving, many states, including New Jersey, have implemented new laws which prohibit the use of cell phones for talking or texting while driving. While banning the use of cell phones while driving seems like a good idea in theory, the crash rate after implementation is not what legislators had expected.
A new study released by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds that states that have imposed laws which prohibit texting while driving have not experienced a decrease in crashes. In fact, quite the opposite has been discovered – the number of crashes in these states has actually increased! These findings are consistent with a previous study by the HLDI which found that implementing a ban on hand-held cell phone use didn’t cut crashes either.
These findings do not, however, indicate that it is safe to text while driving. The assumed reason for the increase in accidents is non-compliance with the new laws. Experts believe that many people, especially younger drivers, are not complying with the new law. They are still texting while driving, but in a more dangerous way – by placing the phone in their lap or out of sight from other vehicles.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow found a sharp increase in crashes when drivers switched from a head-up to a head-down position, therefore suggesting that it is more dangerous to use a cell phone when it is on the driver’s lap and hidden from view.
Whether you live in a state with a ban or not, one thing is certain – distracted driving is dangerous. By hiding your cell phone from view, you are not being smart and stepping around the law. You are actually increasing your risk of causing a Pennsylvania or New Jersey auto accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New Jersey or Pennsylvania car wreck because of a driver’s negligent decision to text or chat while driving, you need to contact a Philadelphia accident attorney. Call Cordisco & Saile at 1-215-642-2335to schedule a free consultation about your rights and options after sustaining injuries in a PA or NJ car wreck.