Proposed Louisiana Bill Cracks Down on Distracted Driving
Distracted driving has continued to be a major issue throughout the United States, claiming thousands of lives every year. When you make the choice to drive distracted, you are not only putting your own life at risk—but also the lives of others.
To put the dangers of distracted driving in perspective, consider that taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds at 55 MPH is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Of all factors contributing to distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel remains the most prevalent throughout the United States. Approximately 481,000 drivers use their call phones while driving during daylight hours – creating an enormous potential for fatal accidents.
Recently, Louisiana Representative Mike Huval authored a bill to crack down on cell phone use while driving. The Committee approved this bill—sending it to the full House for consideration.
The bill would ban hand-held cell phone use while driving a vehicle, only allowing drivers to talk on hands-free devices. The bill includes exceptions for emergency situations. To read more about the proposed bill, click here.
Car accidents caused by distracted drivers are preventable. Next time you are operating a motor vehicle, follow these safety tips to ensure a safe ride for you and others on the road:
- Do Not Use Your Cell Phone While Driving: Cell phones should not be used behind the wheel except in emergencies. If a text message or phone call is urgent, pull over.
- Do Not Drive Drowsy: Driving drowsy slows your reaction time—increasing risk of driver error. Falling asleep behind the wheel raises the likelihood of an accident severely.
- Limit the Number of Passengers in Your Vehicle: The more passengers in your vehicle, the more potential for distractions—creating a dangerous driving environment.
- Do Not Multitask: Focus on the task of driving. Avoid changing the radio, using your GPS, or eating. You can accomplish all these tasks before you operate your vehicle.
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Our legal team will examine every detail of your case and provide the experienced, compassionate and dedicated representation you need to secure the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, call the experienced Louisiana Distracted Driving Accident attorneys at Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.April 17th, 2018