The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that accidents caused by distracted driving lead to more than 9 deaths and 1,060 injuries every single day in the United States. While there are many ways a driver can be distracted, texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distracting activities a person can engage in while operating a motor vehicle. This is why texting while driving is quickly becoming illegal in many states, including Colorado, except in the case of emergencies.
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Texting and driving is illegal in Colorado following the passing of House Bill 09-1094 in 2009. This law bans the use of cell phones for drivers under the age of 18 at all times, while texting, emailing, and twittering are banned for drivers of all ages. Cell phone violations are considered a Class A traffic offense and can result in a $50 fine for a first offense or a $100 fine for a second offense.
Cell phones may only be used while driving in emergencies, such as:
- A driver has a reason to fear for his or her life
- A driver believes that a criminal act may occur
- A driver is reporting a fire, traffic accident, or another road hazard
- A driver is reporting a reckless driver
How Dangerous Is Texting & Driving?
Many studies have compared texting and driving to drunk driving, citing that texting while driving severely impairs a driver's ability to operate a vehicle.
Texting and driving is dangerous because it:
- Delays a driver's reaction time
- Distracts focus from the road
- Can cause a driver to swerve off the road
According to studies, drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to crash. Any time you take your eyes off the road, you risk causing serious injuries or even death to yourself and other motorists.
If you have been injured in an accident involving someone who was texting while driving, you need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side, and The Law Firm of Ted Bills can help. It is likely that you are facing serious medical consequences due to another person's negligent choice to send or read a text message while driving. Medical bills add up quickly, and you may also be suffering lost wages due to time you have had to take off from work while you recover and rehabilitate. In the event that you have lost a loved one in a texting while driving accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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