Alabama is one of 41 states that ban all drivers from texting while operating a motor vehicle. But as fatalities from texting-related car accidents continue to rise, a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) suggests that many states lag in distracted driving enforcement and education.
If you were hurt or a family member was killed in an auto accident that may have been caused by a distracted or otherwise negligent driver, please call the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Long & Long at 251-432-2277 to learn how we can help. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping injury victims from the greater Mobile area and across Alabama recover the financial security they need to move forward after an accident.
According to the 2013 report Distracted Driving: GHSA Survey of the States, many states—including Alabama—have included distracted driving as an aspect of their highway safety plans. This entails the creation of public awareness efforts about the dangers of texting while driving and the gathering of data about distracted driving in accident reports.
However, the GHSA survey also indicates that a number of states face major obstacles in addressing distracted driving. Alabama, for example, lacks funding for education and enforcement, according to the report.
The Distracted Driving survey further says that Alabama’s texting ban is difficult to enforce as written in part because it does not restrict the use of hand-held wireless devices. Alabama does collect information related to distracted driving in accident reports, including whether a driver may have been talking on a cell phone or texting at the time of a crash.
For additional information on the consequences of distracted driving, please see our Cell Phone Use and Car Accidents page.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a car accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver, please contact Long & Long today for your free consultation. We welcome clients from the Mobile area and throughout Alabama.