Category Archives: Accidents

Officials suggest bans won’t stop at texting

A new article in the Concord Monitor discusses official concerns that new laws won’t stop drivers from texting – but perhaps the dramatic statistics will:

Cell phone use is a factor in an estimated 342,000 auto accident injuries and costs $43 billion each year in property damage, lost wages, medical bills and loss of life

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Utah Department of Transportation Promotes DVD Documentary

Texting while driving

Texting while driving has the same potential to cause accidents and wipe out lives as driving while intoxicated. Yet, texting still seems to have a benign status, not the stigma of drinking and driving.

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Truckers and texting

It’s easy to understand the risks of texting while driving.

That’s why 14 states and the District of Columbia already have laws against it.

The danger is even greater for truckers.

A study found that when drivers of heavy trucks text, their risk of collision increases 23 times.

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’08 Study on Texting While Driving

The frequent texters in this study were:

10% more like to swerve out of their lane.

10% less likely to see an object in the road.

5 times more likely to have an accident.

Cars and Texting: Fatal Mix

That call — made by Edward Zurawski, 41, who was driving a pickup truck for a local construction company just before he ran a red light and crashed into a car — was determined to be a contributing factor in the 2006 accident that took Bryla’s life.

His family was slated to get $3.35 million in a lawsuit ruling last summer against the pickup driver and his employer. Bryla left behind a wife and unborn child.

The Brylas’ attorney, David J. Heyer Jr., told me something last year that stuck with me.

He said to me, “You’re on your cell phone and you’re rushing to get home or get to work or pick up your kid. What’s an extra minute? It’s that extra minute or two which can make all the difference.

“No amount of money will ever compensate for the presence of a dad or husband,” he added.

Is texting someone about your plans that night so important that it can’t wait until your car is parked? Is it worth an accident or possibly taking a life and ruining the lives of others?

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Texting While Driving Greatly Increases Crash Risks

A new study shows that drivers who use text messaging while driving are even more dangerous than previous studies had shown. The research by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute shows texting truck drivers are 23 times more likely to crash or have a near-crash than drivers who aren’t texting.

Researchers analyzed data collected from 2004 to 2007, involving 203 truckers and three million miles on the road. Trucks were fitted with video cameras that allowed analysis of drivers in the six seconds leading up to and during crashes and near misses. The analysis of the video showed texting to be dangerous behavior because drivers typically take their eyes off of the road in order to type the text messages into their cell phones.

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Bill bans texting while driving

As some Democratic U.S. senators push for a federal ban on text messaging while driving — with financial consequences for states that don’t go along — a proposal to make Ohio the 17th state to ban the practice was introduced in the Ohio House yesterday.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Michael DeBose, D-Cleveland, would make texting a secondary offense, meaning a person must first be pulled over for something else, like speeding. The fine would be $250 and would include an automatic license suspension if the driver was involved in a traffic crash.

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Telephone Poles: A Hazard to Texters

Brick Lane in England has experienced so many instances of people texting while walking, and running into telephone poles that the Living Streets charity has taken it upon themselves to foam-wrap the poles. Apparently paying attention while walking is simply too much to manage?

A surge, please, on state bans against TWD (texting while driving)

The study, released last week by Virginia Tech University, analyzed the driving behavior of 203 truck drivers who traveled about 3 million miles equipped with in-cab cameras and other sensors. It found that sending and reading text messages on their phones was by far the most hazardous distraction to the drivers, causing the risk of a crash to be 23 times as high as for a nondistracted driver. The risk of a crash while driving under the influence of alcohol is about seven times as high as with an unimpaired driver, the study added.

Read the entire article here.

Download the VirginiaTech Transportation Institute study here.