Distracted driving can lead to fatalities, and one of the biggest risks for distracted driving is to text. Distracted driving includes taking your eyes off the road (visual), removing hands from the steering wheel (manual) and mentally being distracted while driving (cognitive). In the case of texting, all three risks above are involved in sending a text message. Nevada has banned drivers from using their mobile devices while driving.
The Nevada legislature passed a bill prohibiting all drivers from texting or using a hand-held cellphone while driving. The legislation was signed by Governor Brian Sandoval and enacted in 2012. Under the law, Nevada drivers cannot use their cellphones or other wireless communications device to browse the Internet or send and read text messages, instant messages or email. However, global positioning systems are not banned.
Although death rates have declined, another source reports that from 2011 to 2012, the death rate from distracted driving decreased from 3,360 people to 3,328. However, 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents due to drivers in 2012, a 9 percent increase from 387,000 injured people in 2011.
Approximately 69 percent of U.S. drivers between ages 18 to 64 admitted to talking on a phone while driving within 30 days of the questionnaire. Those rates dropped to 21 percent in Europe and 59 percent in Portugal.
Drivers involved in a personal injury vehicular lawsuit must be able to provide proof of negligence on part of the defendant; the use of a cellphone may be ample evidence. An attorney may review timestamps of text messages, emails and Internet browsing to determine if a lawsuit on behalf of their client is viable.
Department of Motor Vehicles, "Traffic Law and Traffic Safety,"
Accessed on Feb. 3, 2015