Morgan Willis reports in the State Press that distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Willis cites the Brain Injury Society, and further indicates that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving after consuming four beers.
A texting driver may take his or her eyes off the road, for just a few seconds, at 50 miles per hour and travel longer than the length of a football field.
NHTSA reports that in 2015 that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
46 states ban texting while driving. Arizona is one of the very few states that does not have a distracted driving law.
Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff ban texting while driving. The only statewide law in Arizona prohibits school bus drivers from cell phone use.
An experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer may be able to assist those injured by a negligent, distracted driver.