New Law Could End Cell Phone Use While Driving

Distracted Driving

5/13/2019 Car Accidents,Truck Accidents John Whitfield

It may soon be illegal for Tennessee drivers to talk on the phone without a hands-free device. The Tennessee Senate approved the ban previously passed by the House. Under the new law, the state would prohibit drivers 18 and older from holding or physically supporting a phone while driving — unless they are using an earpiece, headphone, or device worn on a wrist to conduct a voice-based communication.

Young drivers already are prohibited from talking on the phone while driving and the state already bans texting while driving. The new law prohibits use of a cell phone completely while driving. If drivers are caught on their phone at all, they could receive a fine of up to $50. While this may not seem like a lot, lawmakers are hoping this step will help stop the use of cell phones while driving.

Distracted Driving Deaths

Recent studies have shown Tennessee ranks number one in the United States for the number of distracted driving deaths, clocking in at nearly five times the national average. In April 2019, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office launched a new campaign, dubbed Operation Incognito, in an effort to reduce distracted driving on state highways, particularly in the Chattanooga area.

Texting while driving is illegal for everyone. You are not allowed to read, type, or send a text message on a cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device while operating a vehicle. Similarly, you cannot post on social media or send emails. One of the main reasons for this ban is that sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds, long enough to cover the length of a football field while driving at 55 mph.

Nashville Auto Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a crash, and you believe a distracted driver is to blame, or a loved one suffered a distracted driving death, you may be entitled to compensation that could help with medical costs and lost wages. You can also do a public service and help reduce the amount of distracted driver accidents by coming forward. Contact the personal injury trial lawyers of Whitfield Bryson LLP today to request your free, no-obligation consultation.