According to the most recent government statistics and reports, texting while driving continues in states that have laws banning texting while driving. According to the research, the rate of accidents due to distracted drivers who are texting has not gone down as a result of the passage of laws banning texting while driving. This should come as no surprise because it is only common sense that texting and driving do not mix. It is a recipe for disaster.
This is really an issue of personal responsibility and priorities. It is also a reflection of our current society. Lets face it, there is no outrage. If I bring up the subject, most people mildly agree with my outrage or just shrug it off. Apparently, the risk of serious accidents and injury pale in comparison to the necessity to attend to a person’s pressing text messages that must be dealt with immediately.
Despite the prevailing negative view of lawyers and law suits, this appears to be an area where lawyers, law suits and jurys are the only real remedy. If jurys start holding the negligent texter fully responsible for the damages caused in each and every instance, the jury verdicts will start to have an effect on the community. Only when a person knows that his or her activity will subject them to a severe financial penalty will they then reconsider their dangerous behavior.