Distracted Driving

It goes without saying that Iowan’s are becoming increasingly dependent upon electronic devices whether it be a cell phone, PDA, navigation system, laptop, or any other electronic device.  In light of this boom, electronic usage while driving has become a leading cause of car accidents because of the distraction is causes drivers.  According to the National Safety Council Cell Phone Fact Sheet, texting results in 330,000 distracted driving injuries every year.  Did you know that texting makes driver’s 23 times more likely to crash and each text takes your eyes off the road an average of five seconds at a time which at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field completely blind? (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute). Texting while driving is comparable to driving after having four beers (Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver).

Iowa Code Section 321.276 makes it a traffic violation for anyone to use their cell phone while driving unless it is for purposes of placing a call, using navigation, or receiving traffic, safety, or weather alerts. Thus, a traffic violation is committed if a person is texting, surfing the internet, or engaged in any other function not described above. Distracted driving is not limited to the use of electronic devices as there may be other things that cause a driver to become distracted including, eating while driving, tending to pets and children, putting on make-up, playing with the radio, entering addresses into a navigation system, and many other things.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident and suspect the driver was engaged in a distracted driving activity, it is important to contact the attorney’s at GRL Law immediately so that the process of preserving any distracted driving evidence can be preserved to help ensure the best possible recovery.

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