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Oklahoma House Bill Aims to Outlaw Texting While Driving

By Car Accident Help on March 11, 2011

Oklahoma is considering a new law that would ban texting while driving, according to KRMG. AAA Oklahoma has decided to endorse the bill in an effort to make the roads safer and create awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. House Bill 1316 was created by Rep. Danny Morgan and has already been passed by the House Public Safety committee. It will now be voted on by the full House, with the decision deadline being March 17. If the anti-texting bill is not voted on by then, it will die.

So far, 33 states in the U.S., Washington, D.C., and Guam have passed anti-texting laws. AAA Oklahoma cites the two main reasons for the bill: their members have reported that they consider texting and emailing while driving a very serious threat to their safety; and results from a 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, which concluded that motorists who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 5,474 people were killed on America’s roadways in accidents that were reportedly due to distracted driving, with another 448,000 people injured. About 18 percent, or 995 people, of those fatalities were in car accidents that involved reports of cell phone usage.

Unfortunately, many motorists in the U.S. drive and use their cell phone at the same time, paying no mind to the potentially serious or even deadly consequences of their negligent actions. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident that was due to a distracted motorist, you deserve to hold them legally accountable.

At The Maples Law Firm, our Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys understand how difficult an injury can be, particularly if it could have been prevented. With skyrocketing medical bills, loss of income due to time off of work and other expenses, a family’s financial stability can weaken significantly. Our skilled lawyers have the necessary resources to build a strong case on your behalf to earn you the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to face this uncertain time alone. Call The Maples Law Firm at 1-888-226-6159 to learn more about how we can help you during this difficult time. We offer free consultations.

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