The GJEL Blog has always kept a close eye on the driver safety laws of each state, with a particular interest in California. Fortunately, the “Golden State” has maintained a record of progressive safety laws, including strict distracted driving laws…
GJEL Accident Attorneys Reveals Five Worst Road Safety States to Highlight Distracted Driving Awareness Month
In recognition of April 2011 Distracted Driving Awareness Month, GJEL Accident Attorneys is highlighting the five worst states for road safety, based on teen driver and distracted driving laws, drunk driving penalties and statistics, bicycle safety laws, and motorcycle safety laws. The catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm based in the San Francisco Bay area researched road safety laws and accident statistics in all 50 states. Concerned drivers should visit http://gjel.com/news for more distracted driving awareness information and resources.
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Institute is doing a great job trying to ensure motorists are safe on the nation’s roadways, yet there are a number of states that don’t have legislation in place to match that of other states,” said Andy Gillin, managing partner, Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen. “The things we take for granted in California, for example, like helmet laws, teen driving permits, and mobile phone regulations are not enforced in South Dakota, Montana, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, or Idaho.”
Although road safety legislation can save lives and reduce car accident injuries, some states have openly opposed safer driving laws. The five worst road safety states, as determined by GJEL, are as follows:
All five worst road safety states permit cell phone use and text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, although a “distraction in/on vehicle” in Idaho lists some common driver distractions. Four of the five states listed do not suspend driver’s licenses after the driver’s first DUI conviction. Idaho suspends first-time offenders’ driving privileges for 90 days.
About GJEL Accident Attorneys
Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys) is a San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm established in 1972. The firm represents plaintiffs injured in California auto accidents and wrongful death incidents, and its attorneys were recently named among the best in America by Best Lawyers/US News & World Report. Read more about safe driving tips on the law firm’s News Center.