At our law firm, we represent the victims of motor-vehicle accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. We have discussed New Mexico's ban on texting while driving in a previous post. Today, we share the startling findings of a new national study on mobile-phone distraction while driving.
Studies show that there has been a sharp increase in the number of traffic accidents in the United States, leading to an increase in auto-insurance rates in the country. Although several factors could have contributed to the high number of car accidents, many insurance companies consider the use of mobile phones while driving to be a major contributor. A significant number of drivers have admitted to using their cell phones to text and browse the web while driving.
State Senator Steven Neville, R-Aztec, has introduced a bill that would increase fines for texting while driving, if enacted. Last month we explained in detail New Mexico's existing state law against texting while driving.
Since July 1, 2014, New Mexican law has banned texting while driving. Some cities in the state also ban the action by ordinance. Despite this, accidents still happen in which drivers have been texting in violation of the law.