Is New Hampshire's Texting While Driving Ban Working?
New Hampshire banned texting while driving in 2010. For the past four years, using a handheld device to text or email while operating a vehicle has been a primary offense, punishable by fines. This attempt to stop car accidents caused by distracted driving deserves to be applauded for its intent. However, its effectiveness may be less than expected.
A study from the American Economic Association has found that, on average, texting bans are not effective over the long-term. While there is an initial drop in each state that passes a texting ban, rates of accidents involving cellphone use tend to rise again after a few months. In fact, despite texting bans in nearly every state in nation, serious and fatal car accidents attributed to cellphone use have increased nearly two percent over the past few years.
Understanding Your Rights
Cellphone bans may not be as effective as initially hoped, but the additional attention being paid to this particular form of distraction can be good news for victims. Because we know the dangers of cellphone use while driving, victims of distracted drivers are often in a better position to seek compensation well beyond the offerings of insurance companies. The best way to understand what your case may be worth is through a one-on-one consultation with an experienced car accident attorney.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact The Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney.