Ample evidence exists that distracted driving increases the risk of a crash. A study performed at the University of Utah, for example, found that texting while driving decreases a driver’s ability to respond to emergencies as much as if the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent.
In response to this and other information about texting and cell phone use while driving, many states (including Michigan) have banned texting while driving, and several Michigan counties prohibit handheld cell phone use while driving. However, some research indicates that bans do not help decrease the risks of distracted driving.
Only one study has specifically examined whether texting bans help decrease distracted driving accidents. The study, which focused on handheld cell phone use among commercial truck drivers, found that drivers were more likely to get into an accident in areas where handheld cell phone use was against the law. Researchers believe that the risk may increase if drivers feel they need to hide their cell phone use while driving in order to avoid a ticket.
Researchers stress the need for caution when considering these results, however, since they come from only one study that focused on professional drivers. More research is needed to determine the best way to reduce distracted driving and the crashes it can cause.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a car crash and need help dealing with your Michigan no-fault insurance or handling other issues related to your accident, the experienced car accident lawyers in Michigan at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.