What are my rights if I am injured by a texting driver?
Texting while driving remains a tremendous problem nationwide. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use is believed to result in 1.6 million crashes each year. An estimated one out of every four car accidents in the United States are now linked to texting and driving. One Sacramento-based company is launching a creative idea aimed at reducing the number of texting drivers. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers discuss the “Text to Ticket” app and how you can combat distracted driving below.
Text to Ticket
“Text to Ticket” is a startup that has gained support from the former Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. The app allows users to record a video of any drivers they spot texting. App users must certify that they themselves are not driving when taking the video. The video is then reviewed and the submitting user is awarded $5 for providing the information.
The eventual goal of the Text to Ticket app is to be able to process a citation to the texting driver on behalf of the city or state and collect a portion of the fees. As California law stands now, an officer must observe an infraction in order to write a ticket, aside from red light cameras. App founders are presently working with lobbyists in an attempt to change the laws to include citizen’s videos as evidence for a citation.
Combating Distracted Driving
Texting while driving has continued to endanger the lives of drivers across the country, despite aggressive anti-distracted driving campaigns and the adoption of texting while driving bans in most states. With traditional deterrent measures failing to correct the problem, safety organizations and even cell phone makers are turning to more creative methods. Several cell phone makers are working on technologies that would block drivers from being able to send or receive texts while driving.
California drivers can do their part by combating texting and driving at home. Educate your teen drivers and your spouse as to the tremendous dangers of texting and driving. If you find yourself tempted to text and drive, stow your phone while driving or install one of several apps that will silence your phone while you are behind the wheel. Stop in a safe place if you urgently need to send or read a text message.