As cell phones and satellite radios become more prevalent among motorists, distracted driving has become the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States—followed by speeding and drunk driving. As a way to discourage this practice, Alaska enacted legislation to combat distracted driving in September of 2008. Talking on a cell phone is still permitted, but drivers are now prohibited from texting while driving, and the penalties for doing so are severe, with potential fines topping out at $10,000 and a possible one-year jail sentence.
Many drivers assume that sending a quick text or punching in their favorite radio station is a harmless exercise and one that is almost second nature when driving. The general belief is that a moment of distraction will not impede their ability to control their vehicle while also remaining aware of other drivers and pedestrians, as well as traffic signs and hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, there are millions of Americans who have been injured as a result of distracted driving who would dispute this view. We urge everyone to respect the tremendous privilege and responsibility of operating a vehicle and to refrain from distracted driving at all times. In doing so, please avoid performing the following operations while driving:
- Having cell phone conversations
- Browsing or enabling applications on smart phones
- Eating and drinking
- Plugging in new information on navigation systems
- Watching videos
- Adjusting music sources
Here at the Law Office of William D. Cook, we have a wealth of experience litigating personal injury claims arising from distracted driving accidents. We also offer a free consultation to thoroughly discuss the particulars of your case, as well as a policy that ensures that you do not pay until we are able to win your case through settlement or trial.