Texting and driving in Ohio is now illegal. Both minors and adults will be punished for this crime. If you have been injured in an accident in Cleveland, Akron or Canton, Ohio – We are here to get you the compensation you deserve.
Texting or distracted driving now causes more accidents that drunk driving. If you were harmed by someone else’s negligence behind the wheel, you deserve compensation for your personal injury, lost time at work and medical bills.
Here are a few Key Facts and Statistics from Distraction.gov:
- In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
- 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
- In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
- 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
- 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
- Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)
To learn more about the new legislation:
2012-09-07: Ohio: Cell phone laws, legislation
Cell phone, text messaging news: The state’s new texting & driving ban is in effect as of Friday, Aug. 31 — 90 days after Gov. John R. Kasich signed the plan into law. A six-month warning period follows, meaning tickets will start flowing March 1, 2013.
If you have been injured from an auto accident in Cleveland, Akron or Canton, Ohio – Call Today for the compensation you deserve