A previous post on this blog talked about how the Virginia Legislature passed a law that will ban motorists in this state from holding their phones while their vehicles are in motion. The previous post suggested that, while the law will probably help keep drivers from holding their phones, it may not do much in the way of reducing car accidents related to distracted driving.
Virginia recently passed a new measure designed to curb the ongoing problem of distracted driving. As opposed to the current law, which critics have described as difficult to effectively enforce, the new measure flat out bans people from holding their cellular phones, as well as other types of technology, while their vehicle is in motion. The new measure does give motorists a little leeway to check phones while stopped at a traffic light or to look at a screen, so long as they are not holding the screen in their hand while they drive.
Although some unfortunately do take the risk, many people in Blacksburg, Virginia, would never dream of getting behind the wheel while drunk, or even if they suspected that they might be drunk.
Although they may not think about it every time they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, motorists in Virginia and elsewhere are subject to certain dangers and risks every time they drive. There are chances that their vehicle could break down, debris is encountered and even a negligent driver collides with them. In the event of a motor vehicle crash, everyone, passengers included, could fall victim.
For the most part, individuals in Virginia and all across the nation have a lot going on in their lives. Being busy is not always bad; however, multi-tasking while driving is often frowned upon and is frequently descried as dangerous. While it might be important to check that e-mail, sent that text or take a phone call, the fact of the matter is that this is distracted driving, and this conduct causes far too many accidents on the roadways each and every day.
Car accidents can look like a lot of different things. It can be a fender bender, head on collision, sideswipe, T-bone, multi-vehicle crash and even a pedestrian accident. Sometimes these tragic events are simply just accidents. In other cases, a motorist is negligent or reckless, resulting in a serious crash. When a motorist is deliberately acting reckless, this not only opens up the possibility of the driver facing criminal charges for his or her acts, but it could also mean legal recourses for a victim for the losses and damages suffered.
When we get in a motor vehicle, we are often thinking about where we are going. We often do not think about the dangers that we might encounter when traveling in a vehicle. However, there are many dangers on the roadways. Distracted, reckless, fatigued and intoxicated drivers could be traveling near you, creating an extremely risky situation. Although many motorists have never been involved in a car accident, the unfortunate reality is that an accident could happen at any time and to anyone.
Let's be honest. No one expects to get in an accident. While motorists in Virginia and elsewhere may travel by accident sites on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis, most do not believe that it could be them one day. But due to growing distractions and negligence on the roadways, it is now more likely than ever a motorist will be involved in a collision at some point in their life.
For many people that get into a car accident, the days and weeks after the crash see them fall into depression. They may not know what to do or how to address the physical injuries they have suffered, some of which can be mysterious and hard to define -- such as whiplash and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). There can also be significant property damage that can drain a person's finances.