As we reported in a recent issue, distracted driving – and its deadly consequences – are on the rise. Just last year, more than 40,000 people died from vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers. Now, a new AAA study has confirmed that more U.S. drivers than ever before have admitted to dangerous actions behind the wheel that could easily divert their attention from the roads.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will share the news that more states are taking action to increase the penalties for distracted driving. While Alaska has the nation’s harshest distracted penalties, others are catching up.
According to the new AAA study, nearly half (49 percent) of the surveyed drivers admitted to talking on a hand-held phone while behind the wheel. That’s an increase of 46 percent since 2013.
Further research from AAA reports that drivers who talk on their phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a crash; those who text while driving are eight times more likely to be involved in an accident.
The penalties for distracted driving in Alaska are the toughest in the land. Those caught texting with a hand-held device while driving can be fined up to $10,000 and be sentenced to a year behind bars.
Around the country, more states are taking note of the seriousness of distracted driving.
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