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Drivers everywhere need to heed the dangers of distracted driving

In California, between 14 and 16 percent of the time drivers spend behind the wheel they are still using their cell phones to access apps, text, or talk. The average time spent across the country is about 17 percent. Most states have now banned texting, but some, including California, banned any use of handheld electronic devices while driving.

As fatal motor vehicle accidents increase across the country, various states' legislators continue to work the real problem of distracted driving. The impulse to text is strong especially when a driver is in slower traffic. So, lawmakers are working on a plan for increased public relation crusades about distracted driving, including communities remembering those who lost their lives because of it. There is also a push for increased legislation, which instills stiffer consequences for violators. As more states tighten the laws in this matter, the trend will likely inspire others to follow suit.

A recent Bloomberg report told of a company named TrueMotion, which is hired by insurance companies such as Nationwide and MetLife to somehow monitor their clients' cell phone usage. In fact, TrueMotion monitors for eight of the nation's leading insurance agencies. One company is rewarding teenage clients with gift cards when they refrain from texting and driving. It seems some tactics may be working because several states report that in at least the month after laws were enacted, the trend for texting and swiping dropped significantly.

Bloomberg also reports that much of the public is ready for the government to clamp down on distracted driving. Anyone who was injured or suffered loss due to distracted driving might seek counsel from a personal injury attorney who knows the laws and stays updated on all the ins and outs of distracted driving. With all the changes in effect, an attorney may be able to help negotiate with insurance companies as well.

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