In June 2012, the federal government announced a “Blueprint for Ending Distracting Driving.” The purpose of the blueprint is to address the problem of using handheld cell phones while driving in all parts of the United States. Now, a recent study from the University of Illinois has found that not all drivers may be safer with cellphone and driving bans.
Would a Cell Phone Ban Work in Kansas City, Odessa, or Independence?
The University of Illinois study and the federal government suggest that cell phone bans in urban areas such as Kansas City, Odessa, and Independence may be helpful. Specifically, the University of Illinois study found that bans prohibiting the use of handheld cell phones while driving did decrease the rate of accidents in urban areas. According to the study, urban accidents decreased in the immediate aftermath of the initial ban and continued to remain lower years after the ban went into effect. Yet, cellphone bans in very rural areas did not seem to have the intended effect of decreasing distracted driving car accident rates. In rural areas, there was a slight increase in accidents for reasons that are not yet known.
Contact a Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney If You’ve Been Hurt
A driver who uses a cell phone while driving can cause a distracted-driving accident even if a cell phone ban is not in place. If you have been hurt in a distracted-driving wreck in Odessa, Independence, Kansas City, or elsewhere in Kansas or Missouri then it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and possible recovery.
Please call us today at (816) 471-5111 or (888) 348-2616 to schedule a free consultation and please find out more about how to protect your rights after a distracted driving crash by reading our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.