Bill Outlawing Texting While Driving Making Way Through State Legislature
Sending and receiving text messages is something that was not even possible 10 years ago, but now this mode of communication is ubiquitous. Unfortunately, this now widespread practice has made its way to motorists, and as a result studies have been performed that show just how dangerous it is to read and write text messages while driving. As such, Phoenix already has a ban in place regarding this practice, but the rest of the state does not, meaning that many Arizona car accidents have and can be caused by drivers who are distracted by their hand-held devices. That situation may be in the process of changing.
According to several reports, Senate Bill 1538 is making its way through the state legislature, and if it passes it will outlaw the practice of sending and reading text messages while driving across the state. Specifically, the law would impose a $50 fine on someone who is caught doing so while driving and a $200 fine on a motorist who is involved in an accident while reading or writing text messages. The law would go into effect in January of 2012 if it passes, and as expected, the reaction with the public is mixed in nature.
Arizona Personal Injury Lawsuits Filed against Distracted Drivers
While such a law would likely discourage people from using their hand-held devices for this purpose while driving, the fact remains that those who are not paying attention to the road for any reason and then cause an Arizona car accident as a result can still face enormous liability. Distracted driving has always been one of the leading causes of car accidents around the United States, and text messaging is merely the latest iteration of this constant problem, succeeding such other distractions as radio buttons, food and drink holders and cell phones without ear pieces.
Therefore, whether this bill ultimately becomes a law or not will generally not affect the rights of someone who is injured in an Arizona car accident by a driver who was paying attention to his or her hand-held device instead of the road, as Arizona personal injury lawsuits need only prove that the defendant was negligent in causing the accident and the injuries and damages that followed. Any driver who is distracted would usually be considered negligent outside of rare circumstances.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, you need to seek the help of Arizona car accident lawyers who have been successfully defending the rights of those harmed for many years. Contact the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.