Texting and driving is now illegal in many states and these new laws are meant to keep distracted driving at a minimum to help make the road safe for all motorists. However, it is inevitable that some people cannot stay away from communicating and connecting with other people, even when there is a law that prohibits them from doing so.
The legal consequences of someone caught texting and driving and causing injuries to others may vary but nevertheless, serious. For example, a man reported to be texting and driving and causing a young woman to almost lose her leg is sentenced to 6 months imprisonment.
Teenagers are not exempt from the consequences of texting and driving., a good illustration of this would be a story of girl who caused a fatal car crash because she texting was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after she repeatedly violated her parole. According to the news article, Rachel N. Gannon, from Kansas City, was sending text messages, looking at her phone and listening to loud music when she lost control of her car in September 2011 and collided with another vehicle. The struck vehicle was driven by 72-year-old great-grandmother Loretta Larimer, who died from her injuries. The article added that her 10-year-old granddaughter who was sitting in the back seat suffered a chipped arm bone, an injured neck and numerous bruises, but survived the crash.
The article stated that on May 31, 2012, Gannon pleaded guilty to second-degree involuntary manslaughter, third-degree assault and violating the 2009 Missouri law that prohibits motorists 21 or younger from texting while driving. While a judge initially put Gannon on parole because she was just 16 years old at that time, it was recently revoked in court because she violated the conditions twice.
Many mobile applications that can help teen drivers avoid texting and driving are now available. Here are some of the apps:
This mobile application reads text (SMS) messages and emails aloud in real time and automatically responds (using a pre-set auto responder) without drivers touching the mobile phone. The application is said to keep you connected without taking off your hands off of the steering wheel and eyes off the road. You can either choose a male or female voice. The application boasts of uncomplicated set up and one touch application. This application does not slow down your phone or drain the battery.
Priced at $29.99 (one time payment), Textecution is claimed to be a user-friendly application that completely disables texting while driving. This Android app cuts off texting ability if the device is moving faster than 10 MPH. Moreover, Textecution is designed for parents to install on their teenage driver’s phone so they know their child is being safe behind the wheel. The application claims to provide parents with immediate peace of mind, security and safety. The application also notifies the parent by text if it was removed by the user of the phone and the parent can also request a free download to the same number.
Priced at $6.99 monthly for a single number, allows the user to set up “No-Cell Zones” to disable or limit functions like texting in schools or around workplaces. The application also allows tracking of phone location in real time and monitors the driving speed with an online map interface. No worries, the phone can always make calls to 911 and other pre-set safe list numbers.
Txtblocker automatically sends a driving message to anyone who texts or calls that the user is driving and texting or speaking is currently disabled. The phone saves any message received while the texting or talking functions are blocked.
This application is designed to keep teenage drivers and other phone users from texting and driving. When enabled, and the vehicle is moving 25 mph, the app automatically sends a customizable auto-reply message to incoming texts, letting your friends know you’re behind the wheel and will reply when it’s safe.
These applications are meant to help motorists, especially teenage drivers, avoid texting and driving. These are good tools when used properly because not all of us have the discipline and commitment to not drive distracted.
Christensen & Hymas advocates safe driving practices. A distracted driver is more prone to accidents and these accidents may have life-altering consequences. As much as possible, we would like motorists to completely focus on driving to avoid problems and heartaches.
If you or anyone you know have suffered injuries due to the reckless driving behavior of another motorist, call us at (801)506-0800 for a free consultation. We can help you with your claim and get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call and experience the expertise and excellent service of our personal injury lawyers.