Ashley Halsey III of the Washington Post reports that approximately “90 percent of Americans own cellphones, and one national survey found that eight in 10 drivers talk on their phones while behind the wheel, about 1 million of them at any given moment. Cellphone use has been cited as a factor in an estimated 342,000 auto accident injuries.” The lesson here is that it is reckless to drive while using your cellphone or texting, and that even if you are driving safely, others around you probably are not.
Lon Anderson, a spokesman for AAA, remarked, “We have an epidemic of distracted driving out there.” According to the Post report, “AAA recently studied the habits of Beltway drivers in Virginia, the group found that more than half of drivers used their cell phones on Interstate 495 every day, and a quarter of them send or receive text messages daily.”
Texting while driving is currently illegal in both the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Maryland’s ban will take effect this Thursday. It should be illegal in every state in the country. Thankfully, the federal government is considering taking steps to make it a crime to text and drive in any of the 50 American states. The faster the government takes action, the better. Lives are at stake.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
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