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NHTSA Announces Plans to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

416,000.

That’s how many people were injured as a direct result of a distracted driver in the United States in 2010. (NHTSA)

Earlier this month, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced that it is donating $550,000 to Massachusetts and Connecticut for the planning and implementation of anti-texting while driving enforcement programs.

Officials say the money will be distributed equally between the two states to train their police officers how to detect texting behind the wheel, and for use in development of media advertisements highlighting the dangerous consequences of texting and driving.

Distracted driving comes in many forms. Cell phone use, eating, drinking, navigation systems, and adjusting your music are all things that take motorists attention away from the road. However, the fact that texting requires drivers to give visual, manual, and cognitive attention to his or her phone makes it the most dangerous and problematic of the bunch.

8,000,000,000,000.

That’s the number of text messages sent world wide last year, more than quadrupling the 1.8 trillion sent in 2007. With such staggering growth, it’s clear that texting isn’t going anywhere; but our car accident lawyers want to remind you that texting and driving can put you and everyone else on the road in danger. (International Telecommunications Union)

Distracted driving is the cause of almost 20% of all crash injuries in the United States, and drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to get into a car accident than those who don’t. In addition, there are currently 39 states with laws against texting while driving, including Illinois.

At Levin & Perconti, we know that the negligence of drivers can have traumatic effects on those around them. Since 1992, our lawyers have fought to make sure Illinois residents don’t have to suffer because of the reckless actions of others, recovering more than $400 million for our clients and their families.

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