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Is it illegal to text and drive?

With our society’s ever increasing reliance on cell phones there has been a rise in car accidents and deaths caused by distracted drivers.  State legislatures have reacted by enacting restrictions on the use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2017, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging by all drivers operating a motor vehicle. One state (Missouri) prohibits texting while drivers for new or teen drivers.  While no state prohibits all cell phone use by drivers,  38 states and the District of Columbia ban cell phone use by new drivers or those under a certain age. Twenty-one states also ban all use of cell phones by school bus drivers. Additionally, 15 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have a prohibition on hand-held cell phone use while driving. 

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, please contact our firm for help with your case today.

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