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Poll: many want more enforcement of texting while driving laws

Cell phone usage has become ubiquitous, even amongst those who are behind the wheel. However, as many Tennesseans know, using a cell phone while driving can be extremely dangerous, especially when a motorist is texting. This act requires a driver to take his or her eyes off the road and shift his or her focus from the road to the message being written or read. Though this may happen for only a split second, that short amount of time is all that is needed for catastrophic car wreck to occur.

The good news is that Americans are becoming more aware of the dangers of texting and driving, and more are opposing it. According to a new poll conducted by the National Safety Council, 73 percent of Americans want texting and driving laws more strictly enforced. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed also wanted to see a stricter point system that could lead to a motorist losing his or her license. Another 50 percent of Americans believe hefty fines should be put in place for those who violate texting while driving laws.

However, despite how strictly texting while driving laws are enforced, accidents related to this act will likely continue into the future. In fact, 21 percent of car wrecks are linked to cell phone usage, while five percent are caused by texting while driving. This means that those who are injured by such negligent acts should be prepared to take legal action to protect their interests.

An individual who is injured in a car accident can face many types of harm. Obviously, a victim often suffers physical pain and suffering, but he or she may also be emotionally hurt, making it difficult for him or her to take to the road again. Additionally, medical expenses can mount and missed work can result in lost wages, wreaking havoc on a victim's financial life.

The good news is that a lawsuit can be filed against a negligent driver in an attempt to recover these damages. A Knoxville attorney may be a valuable asset in this process, as he or she will work diligently to not only recover the maximum compensation possible, but to also deter others from texting while driving.

Source:, "Get tougher on texting while driving, Americans say," June 27, 2014

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