The issue of distracted driving and its dangers has increasingly gained attention from the media, the federal government, and concerned citizens. However, though the dangers of using a cell phone behind the wheel have been well documented, Nebraska state officials do not see a need to change the state’s current driving and texting law, according to Nebraska Radio Network.
The law presently does prohibit texting and driving, but it is only a secondary offense, meaning you have to be pulled over for a primary offense (such as speeding) before you can be charged and/or ticketed. Nebraska’s governor knows the issue of distracted driving is serious, but feels that it should be left up to an individual to be a cautious driver, not enact a new state law to dictate the everyday actions of NE residents.
Federal safety officials, in addition to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), would like to see all states ban the use of cell phones while driving entirely, particularly texting. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that distracted driving contributed to more than 3,000 deaths in 2010, and Distraction.gov reports that texting specifically makes it 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. In addition, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which, at a speed of 55 MPH, is equivalent to driving the length of a football field. Overall, though the state does prohibit texting while behind the wheel, it is possible making it a primary offense may prevent drivers from doing it at all.
When any Nebraska motorist is distracted from such actions as using their cell phone, eating, or applying makeup while behind the wheel, it seriously endangers not only themselves, but other drivers on the road. The Omaha distracted driving attorneys with Cullan & Cullan can help anyone who has been involved in an auto accident due to the negligent actions of another motorist hold the at-fault party accountable. As physicians, we understand the serious impact car accident injuries can have on a person’s life and we seek to obtain full compensation to help you recover. To see how we can help, call (402) 397-7600 for a no-cost consultation.