Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) March 06, 2014
State Sen. Susan Paddack recently prefiled legislation that would ban texting while driving in Oklahoma, a proposal that Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer Daniel M. Davis of the Dan Davis Law Firm said could save lives if adopted.
Davis based his comments on an article posted on Hands Free Info’s website. (Hands Free Info, “Oklahoma: Cell phone laws, legislation; cell phone text messaging news,” Jan. 31, 2014)
“Texting while driving car accidents wreak havoc throughout the state,” Davis said. “My law office has dealt with many serious texting while driving accident cases in Oklahoma. Too many people are under the misconception that they can safely text while driving. But study after study has shown that texting while driving seriously distracts a driver and causes many catastrophic car accidents. That’s why I think Senator Paddack’s proposal deserves serious consideration. Too many innocent people are seriously injured or worse due to texting drivers every day.”
Paddack is one of several Oklahoma legislators who supports outlawing texting while driving statewide, Hands Free Info’s website reported. Oklahoma state Sen. Ron Sharp and Oklahoma state Rep. Curtis McDaniel also are in favor of banning texting while driving statewide, Hands Free Info reported.
If Paddack’s legislation becomes law, drivers in Oklahoma would be fined $100 for texting while driving, according to News Channel 4 Oklahoma City, “Okla. senator pushes for law that prohibits texting and driving,” Jan. 6, 2014. Paddack proposed the legislation based on the number of people injured and killed in distracted driving accidents every year in Oklahoma. In 2012, a total of 29 people were killed in districted driving accidents in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma Department of Public Safety as reported by News Channel 4.
Most states have laws banning texting while driving. Specifically, 41 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting texting while driving for all drivers, according to Governors Highway Safety Association website, which was last updated in February 2014.
Regardless of whether Oklahoma eventually bans texting while driving statewide, Davis said all drivers can make the responsible decision to avoid text-messaging behind the wheel.
“Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed every year nationwide by texting drivers,” Davis said. “We need to change the way people think about texting while driving, the same way we changed the way people think about drinking and driving. Most responsible drivers would never even consider driving drunk. The same shift in thinking needs to occur with texting while driving. People need to realize they’re much more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal car accident while texting. Texting car accidents are very serious. That’s why we work so hard on these cases. We know that the work we do today can make a dramatic difference in the lives of injury victims and their families for many years to come.”
For more information about what to do after a car accident in Oklahoma caused by a distracted driver and the options available to injury victims, call (405) 235-4000 or complete the online contact form.
About The Dan Davis Law Firm
Located in Oklahoma City and serving injury victims throughout the state for over a decade, the Law Office of Daniel M. Davis has a well-earned reputation as a personal injury and accident law firm that works diligently to protect the rights of clients. In addition to representing car accident victims, attorney Dan Davis and his experienced team of legal professionals handle a wide variety of cases ranging from truck accidents, to workers compensation, to Social Security Disability. Dan Davis works with each client on a case-by-case basis to develop a successful legal strategy designed to obtain maximum compensation.
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