U.S. Capital

Reporting Texting While Driving Tickets To Insurance Companies May Reduce Texting While Driving

Jul 16, 2013

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – Connecticut has a novel idea to crackdown on cellphone usage in vehicles.

“Connecticut has an interesting idea to cut down on the number of people who use mobile devices when they drive,” commented Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer, with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If it works there, it may have possibilities in Texas.” Connecticut state lawmakers want to inform insurance companies when drivers are cited for using a cellphone while driving. The upshot of the bill would make distracted driving violations reportable to insurance companies, thus increase the person’s insurance rates plus increase the fines for talking/texting while driving.

“If people had to pay even higher insurance rates for their behavior involving cellphones, they may pause to think twice about doing it,” Lee suggested. “When being on the wrong side of the law and having to pay for it, on top of being fined and cited, people often remember it vividly.” Connecticut’s bill has garnered support from all political parties.

The increases in fines for distracted driving would jump from $25 to $50 for a first-time offender, to $350 from $250 for a second offense, and for any further violations, each ticket would cost $500, instead of $400. All tickets would then be placed on the person’s driving record.

“It’s a novel idea and may make driver’s sit up and take notice. People hate paying more money for insurance, and if they end up getting a hiked vehicle insurance rate because they were talking on their mobile device, they might not only still be alive, but cautious about getting fined,” said Lee. “Sometimes, hitting them where it hurts the most alters people’s behaviors —- for the betterment of everyone.”

In Texas in 2012, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 90,378 crashes involving distracted driving, resulting in 18,468 serious injuries and 453 deaths. The numbers show that just about one in four car accidents are the result of driving while distracted. Driving while distracted can refer to other in-vehicle distractions, including GPS systems, laptop computers, TVs and even CD decks.

To learn more, visit Austin personal injury lawyer and http://www.rwleelaw.com.

Lee, Gober and Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road, Suite 220-S
Austin, Texas 78759
Phone: 512.478.8080

  • Voice texting while driving is not any safer than hands-on texting while driving
    In an attempt to make texting while driving safer, cellphone makers have started promoting the voice to text feature. It is still a distraction and not any safer than manual texting while driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates hands-free cellphones in manual texting mode increase the risk of a crash six-fold. If they are in voice to texting mode, the risk is fourfold. There is no safety benefit in switching from manual texting to voice-activated texting. In fact, it is deceiving to the driver to think that voice to text is safer, allowing them to talk even more […]
  • The most common reasons for big rig accidents
    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) there are typically ten common reasons for crashes and interestingly, fatigue ranks at number seven, not number one. The main reasons for commercial truck collisions usually relate to an interruption of the flow in traffic, a trucker not being familiar with the road they are traveling, not paying close attention to what is going on around them as they drive, driving far too fast for road conditions, performing an illegal maneuver, distractions and inattention, fatigue, a medical issue, incorrectly guessing or anticipating another driver’s actions or reactions and distractions caused by […]
  • Nodding off behind the wheel of a vehicle is often the cause of big rig accidents
    Eighteen-wheeler accidents happen every day and cost thousands of lives. Many of them are the result of driver fatigue – or are they? There is an interesting report out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which shows that may not always be the case. Even though the motoring public perceives trucker fatigue as being the cause of collisions, a recent study shows that on average, four-wheel drivers are more fatigued than commercial truckers. The study also suggests that the vast majority of big rig accidents happen because of poor decisions made by four-wheel drivers, such as tailgating, stopping […]