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More states banning handheld devices while driving

Like most states, Mississippi bans texting while driving. Evidence indicates that the American public supports a crackdown on distracted driving due to phone use and that passing laws regulating cellphone use while behind the wheel reduces accidents.

Insurance companies tracking this behavior have reported significant drops in distraction. In the first month after a law was passed in Georgia that banned the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, there was a reduction of 22 percent in using apps and texting. Through September 2018, there was a 14 percent drop in traffic fatalities in the state. In Rhode Island and Oregon, where similar laws against handheld devices were passed, distracted driving declined 19 percent in the first month. Drivers are also influenced by lower insurance rates if they do not use their phones while behind the wheel.

However, the problem is still a serious one. According to True Motion, which is one of the companies that monitors drivers for insurance companies, drivers throughout the country spend around 17 percent of their time talking or using their phones in some other way. Another company that monitors phone use while driving, Zendrive, says the problem is getting worse, not better. However, the results from Georgia are having an influence on laws elsewhere. Florida, Minnesota and Arizona are among the states where lawmakers are pushing for legislation prohibiting handheld devices while driving.

In addition to using phones, distractions can occur if people are eating or even engaging in conversation while driving. If a driver causes an accident because of talking on the phone or texting while driving and others are injured in the accident, the driver could be considered financially liable for their medical expenses and other costs associated with the injury. If you are injured in these types of accidents, call George B. Ready to discuss  about how to proceed.

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