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Serious car accident injuries often connected to cell phone use

Alaska is a major tourist spot. Every year, thousands of visitors travel to this expansive state in search of beauty, adventure and relaxation. Vacations that are interrupted by car accident injuries, however, are not likely to be ones that rank high in the cherished memories department. Often, such injuries occur in accidents caused by a negligent use of cell phones while driving.

In 2008, texting while driving became illegal in Alaska. On a recent Tuesday night, that ban was extended to include any hand-held use of a cell phone. The maximum penalty for a first time offense is $10,000. This is reportedly the highest cell phone-related driving offense fine in the nation. 

According to the National Safety Council, at least 1.6 million car crashes were caused by motorists using cell phones in 2008. One commercial truck driver stated that he thinks answering a flip-style phone should still be permitted because it doesn't take as much attention to use as a smart phone. Voicing a contrary opinion, the chair of the Health and Human Services Commission said that any multitasking while driving places all who share the road at risk for accidents.

Many of those injured in the more than a million crashes cited in the National Safety Council's records may have taken their cases to court by filing personal injury claims against drivers believed negligent. In a similar situation in Alaska, one can contact an experienced attorney for guidance in seeking recovery for losses sustained due to a car accident injury. Upon proof of negligence, a civil court will consider claims for documented items of financial damages.

Source: alaskapublic.org, "Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone", Emily Kwong, April 29, 2016

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