It is important that all drivers in the United States understand the laws that they are subject to on the road, and they know how to exercise safe driving habits. In recent years, the prevalence of phones in our daily lives has meant that many of us are tempted to use our phones while in the car.
Tragically, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed as a consequence of actions broadly referred to as distracted driving. One of the main causes of distracted driving is phone use in one way or another. In Arkansas, there is considerable concern about teens and their propensity to use their phones while driving. It is thought that teens may be more susceptible to using phones while driving due to their use of apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. The selfie culture that has arisen in recent years has, unfortunately, led to people taking selfies or recording videos while they are behind the wheel.
How to talk to your teenage child about distracted driving
A national survey found that 36 percent of respondents aged between 18-24 admitted to texting and driving. Therefore, it is important that all Arkansas parents make sure their teenage children understand that it is against the law to use phones while driving. They should be aware that not only is it illegal to use their phone while driving, but they would put themselves and others in danger by doing so.
What can be done after an accident in which a driver was using their phone?
If a driver was using their phone when an accident occurred, this can life-changing consequences for everyone involved. While it might be assumed that the distracted driver was to blame for the collision from an outside perspective, the situation could, in fact, be much more complicated. It is important that action is sought so that the full situation can be assessed, and so that all the contributing factors of the accident can be brought to light.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident where a driver was texting and driving, it is important that you take action swiftly after the event.