Texting and driving is a concern for many Oklahoma residents. Last year, the nation saw a total of 3,000 lives lost due to distracted driving with nine of those deaths occurring in Oklahoma Car Accidents. Additionally, an estimated 500,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving and each year the number continues to increase.
In an effort to battle the growing problem, FOX 23 News reports that state legislators are considering tougher laws. In Oklahoma, drivers with a permit or operating a bus are not allowed to text and drive. However, lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation mirroring an ordinance already in place in Tulsa that would ban all motorists from texting while driving.
If the law was passed, it would make Oklahoma the fortieth state to enact such a law, but there is a long road ahead before that happens. Similar laws have been shot down in the past. Supporters are hopeful though, citing statistics showing a growing number of drivers in favor of stricter laws. Recent polls show 94 percent of teens and 82 percent of adults in favor of a texting and driving ban.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are hopeful the new laws will better protect motorists from distracted drivers. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to distracted driving, our law firm is here to help.