By: Allan M. Siegel
Only July 1, 2013, Virginia's ban on texting while driving went into
effect. According to recently released statistics from the Department
of Motor Vehicles, the law has been a success. In just the first six months
since the law was passed – from July 1 to December 31 – there
were 725 texting-while-driving convictions. Nearly half were in Northern Virginia.
Officials are crediting the high rates of texting convictions in Northern
Virginia to the fact that the area is highly traveled. In traffic, it
is also likely that motorists are more tempted to check or use their phones.
Regardless of the circumstances, however, the lawmakes it clear that texting
behind the wheel is strictly prohibited. Fairfax County led the state
with 168 convictions for texting while driving.
Why Distracted Driving Laws are Important
Distracted driving laws – and in particular texting while driving
bans – are crucial to protecting public safety by reducing risks
of preventable accidents.
Although any form of distracted driving is a negligent and risky act, text
messaging is considered the most dangerous. This is because texting commands a driver's visual, manual, and cognitive
Here are some statistics about texting while driving:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
you are 2x more likely to crash if you text while driving.
- A quarter of teens respond to texts one or more times each time they drive.
- 20% of teens and 10% of adults admit to having prolonged, multi-message
text conversations while driving.
- 41 States, including Washington, DC, ban texting for all drivers
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Northern Virginia
car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injured victims who have
suffered losses through no fault of their own. If you or your loved one
was been injured in a traffic collision you believe may have been caused
by a driver who was texting or distracted at the time, call 888-887-4128
for a FREE consultation.