Texting and driving is a serious hazard that has led to numerous accidents and unnecessary injuries in Oklahoma. State officials need to take action to protect citizens.
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer Daniel M. Davis said today he was disappointed with the failure to pass a proposed statewide texting while driving bill. According to a report in FOX23.com on March 1, a bill introduced by a state representative to ban texting while driving in Oklahoma was tabled on Feb. 28. The decision could derail the proposal.
“Oklahoma is one of only a handful of states that does not have a ban on texting while driving,” said Davis, a car accident attorney in Oklahoma City. “Texting and driving is a serious hazard that has led to numerous accidents and unnecessary injuries in Oklahoma. State officials need to take action to protect citizens.”
The bill, introduced by Rep. Curtis McDaniel, a Democrat from Smithville, faces opposition from House Speaker T.W. Shannon, a Republican from Lawton, who has said he believes the proposed law is unnecessary since distracted driving is already against the law in Oklahoma, according to FOX23.com.
While there is no prohibition on texting while driving in Oklahoma, Davis said he hopes drivers make the responsible choice to keep their eyes on the road instead of their cell phones. “The risks of texting while driving have been well documented throughout the country,” Davis said. “That’s why the state of Oklahoma already has a ban in place for school bus drivers and drivers with learner’s permits.”
Texting while driving is against the law in 39 states nationwide, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The reason for such laws stems from numerous studies documenting the dangers of texting while driving. One study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute determined that drivers who texted increased their risk of being in an accident by 23 times.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3,092 people were killed in car accidents linked to distracted driving in 2010. The agency estimates that 416,000 more people were injured in distracted driving accidents.
“People injured in accidents typically face a long and difficult recovery,” Davis said. “The financial and emotional costs can add up quickly. Oklahomans injured due to the negligence of drivers who recklessly choose to read or send text messages have a right to be fully compensated for their losses.”
For more information about what to do after a texting while driving car accident in Oklahoma and the options available to injury victims, call (405) 235-4000 or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com.
About The Dan Davis Law Firm
Located in Oklahoma City, the Law Office of Daniel M. Davis handles a wide variety of cases, from auto accidents to workers’ compensation and dog bites, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Attorney Daniel M. Davis has a thorough understanding of the state’s legal system and knows how to build a successful legal case designed to obtain the maximum compensation for clients. The office is located at 525 NW 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.