While driving, there are a multitude of distractions that can prove to be dangerous. From fiddling with the radio and setting navigation systems, even adjusting the air conditioning can take a driver's eyes off the road ahead. However, one particularly hazardous distraction that's become more and more common - is texting while driving.
A seemingly quick message on the phone can result in catastrophe. According to DriveSafe Online, “Drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.” Despite this worrying statistic, many people continue to use their phones behind the wheel, putting both themselves and others at risk. It's important to remember the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving and avoid it at all costs.
Texting & Driving Facts
Driving while distracted has become a major issue on the roadways today. The truth is statistics reveal that a significant percentage of accidents occur due to driver distractions, including texting while driving. These types of accidents can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
Statistics show the following about texting and driving:
- Texting and driving was a factor in 13% of driving accidents resulting in deaths
- Texting and driving accounted for 29,999 crashes resulting in injury
- Texting and driving caused 50,098 accidents in police-reported distraction-affected crashes
- In 2020, a total of 396 people were killed as a result of texting and driving accidents.
From these facts, texting and driving can be extremely dangerous. It is important to make a conscious effort to stay focused while behind the wheel, avoiding any unnecessary distractions. By doing so, we can help to reduce the number of casualties resulting from this dangerous driving behavior.
Is it Illegal to Text & Drive in New Hampshire?
Texting and driving is strictly prohibited in New Hampshire. The state has laws against reckless and negligent driving, regardless of what causes it. Additionally, the use of a handheld cell phone while driving is specifically banned, regardless of whether the driver is seen driving recklessly or not. It's important to note that this law applies even when drivers are stopped temporarily at stop signs or red lights.
Banned hand-held cellphone usage can include:
- Hand-held phone calls
- Texting or typing emails
- Using GPS systems
However, adult drivers in New Hampshire are permitted to utilize hands-free devices such as Bluetooth speakers and built-in vehicle systems for phone interactions. This does not include minors, as all drivers under 18 years of age are prohibited from using cell phones, hands-free or not.
Exceptions to this law include:
- Drivers can use their phones if pulled over to the side of the road.
- Emergency calls are permitted for drivers at all times.
- Drivers may answer phone calls through a speaker or Bluetooth connection.
It's important to note that even with hands-free technology, distracted driving can still occur. In order to keep the roads safe for all, it's vital for drivers to prioritize their attention on the road and limit their cellphone use as much as possible.
Other Drivers May Not Follow Distracted Driving Laws
Car accidents caused by distracted driving can result in life-altering injuries and even fatalities. In order to prioritize your safety and the well-being of others on the road, it is crucial to avoid texting and any other form of distracted driving.
Nonetheless, in the event that you find yourself in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, seeking legal support from Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. can be helpful in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Our experienced car accident lawyers can investigate your case and provide guidance to help you recover medical expenses, vehicle repairs, and other damages.