According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted drivers are responsible for thousands of traffic collisions each year, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Research conducted by the safety administration indicates that drivers sending or receiving text based communications on a handheld communication device take their eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds at a time, and texting while driving makes the likelihood of becoming involved in a traffic collision approximately 23 times greater. The Alabama state legislature is for the third time considering a bill that would prohibit drivers from sending and receiving text messages while operating a moving vehicle. As of today, between 20 and 30 cities and communities in the state of Alabama have passed local ordinances prohibiting texting while driving. Local law enforcement officers have spoken out in favor of the ban, citing the poor driving habits exhibited by motorists. A statewide ban has previously been considered twice without being made into law, the current iteration of the ban has not come up for a vote, but some legislators say it has strong support in the Alabama State Senate.
As a personal injury attorney in Roseville, I have seen the damage that distracted drivers can cause when they take their attention off the road ahead. If you have been injured in an accident linked to an inattentive motorist, please consider contacting a Roseville car accident lawyer.