Distracted Driving Causes Accidents in Arkansas

One of the biggest challenges is getting young teenage drivers to understand that their actions behind the wheel can have serious implications. I recently read an article concerning a driver simulation computer that involves simulated driving and interactions with police, judges and emergency medical personnel in an 20-minute experience featuring a real judge, actual sheriff’s deputies and EMTs.

According to the article, the teen drivers were moved by the post accident simulation of personal injuries and court simulation. Unfortunately, distracted driving is very serious and can lead to serious injury in car accidents. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pointed out recently that distracted driving accounts for about one in 10 road fatalities – 3,092 deaths in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released statistics finding that 58% of high school seniors admitted to texting or e-mailing while driving during the previous month.

Arkansas law makes texting while driving illegal for teen drivers. The Arkansas Law bans drivers of all ages from sending text messages while driving, except in emergencies. Another Arkansas driving law bans the use of cell phones by drivers under age 18, except in emergencies. This Arkansas motor vehicle law prohibits anyone age 18-20 from using a cell phone while driving unless the person is using a hands free device or in an emergency.

These laws only go so far. It is important that all parents lead by example. Please remember the statistics when you pick up your phone to check a score and look at an email. Unfortunately, Arkansas drivers are no different that other states and car accidents caused by distracted driving can cause serious personal injury and death. If you have questions about Arkansas driving laws or have suffered an injury due to an accident, please contact an Arkansas car accident lawyer to answer your questions.

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