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.