For years, we have known that drunk drivers present one of the biggest threats on the road. But now that texting is prevalent throughout society, drunk driving now has a rival. Some studies suggest that texting while driving is actually just as dangerous as driving while impaired.
Imagine driving to work along your normal route through Baton Rouge. You were expecting another normal day: go to work, be productive and return home. Your typical day took a dive when a distracted driver made a fateful turn -- illegally. Because the other driver chose to text instead of pay attention to basic traffic laws, such as red lights and right-of-way, you now have to deal with serious back and neck injuries and the damage to your car. In addition, it looks like you will be missing work for the foreseeable future.
I-10 is a busy corridor that spans the width of Louisiana. Except for the short burst, you can travel on I-12 if you are bypassing New Orleans. Drivers going from one coast to the other using the southernmost route travel I-10. The congestion on this route as drivers travel around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles means drivers need their full attention on the road. Distracted drivers pose a hazard to everyone on the interstate, and victims of distracted driving accidents need to be aware of their legal options for obtaining full and fair compensation.
Amid the outcry about distracted driving, there's one key thing that's not happening. Even with widespread awareness, texting while driving has been increasing. At any moment in the day, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey estimates that 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone or other electronic device from behind the wheel.