Because smartphones and other mobile devices have become very popular,
also the number of accidents associated with them has increased. Texting
and driving is definitely a dangerous combination and this increases the
chances of you being in an auto accident. According to Colorado State
Law, it is illegal to text or send emails when you are driving. The law
goes even stricter still, forbidding those under the age of 18 to even
use a cell phone while driving. Lawyers in Colorado often see cases that
have involved distracted drivers: people using their cell phone for texting
is the number one cause. We have all heard from the time we were learning
to drive that distractions need to be minimized, but cell phone use is
so prevalent that most people don’t even consider how dangerous
it really can be.
This has become such an issue that studies have been done to find out just
what the impact of texting and driving may be. In a 2008 study, the Transport
Research Laboratory discovered that texting, or even reading a text while
driving can cause impairment that is so great, it’s measurable.
In the study, citing NHTSA statistics, a driver’s lack of attention
will cause 80% of the overall accidents on the road. AAA ran a study also
that discovered that 46% of all teenagers still attempt to text while
driving and the University of Utah found that if you’re even speaking
on a phone while you are driving, your impairment level may be comparable
to a blood alcohol content of 0.08%.
If you text while you are driving, you may swerve out of lane, you might
also have much slower reaction times. Not only that, in that study, the
TRL goes on to show that reaction time impairment of those texting is
often much greater than those impaired by the use of marijuana, or even
alcohol. Many drivers do not seem to be aware that there is a legal ban
on texting while driving in Colorado, but according to Colorado Revised
Statute 42-4-239, you can face serious penalties for this. Fines and civil
damages are almost always assured in those cases.
Though this statute still has some kinks to work out, the fact is, if you
text and drive, you’re not only putting yourself at risk for injury
and even arrest, but those around you. If you have been injured by a person
who is caught texting while driving, having an attorney on your side who
will defend your rights can help.