Texting Accidents & Lawsuits
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Among the different types of distraction texting and cell phone use leads the way in causes of motor vehicle collisions. These accidents often result in serious injuries, permanently debilitating injuries, and even death. The most commonly-used analogy to represent the dangers of texting while driving has been provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Distraction" campaign:
Texting…involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded.
Did you know that nearly 20 percent of all traffic fatalities each year could have been avoided had it not been for a driver that was texting while driving? This statistic is shocking, especially in light of the fact that texting and driving has been outlawed in most states. In Texas, all "novice" drivers (those who have had their licenses for less than one year) are banned from using cell phones while driving in any capacity. Texas has also banned texting and driving for bus drivers and for any driver when they are driving in a school zone. While texting may not be outlawed for every driver in Texas, it can be considered negligence if it contributes to a motor vehicle collision.
Young Drivers & Cell Phone Use
Another worrisome statistic is that a majority of drivers who choose to text while driving are young drivers typically between the ages of 16 to 24. More than half of all teenagers who own cell phones between the ages of 16 and 17 say that they frequently text or talk on the phone while driving, according to research from the Pew Research Foundation. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are already considered "inexperienced" and at a higher risk for being involved in an accident. Combine inexperience with distraction and it is a recipe for disaster. Research also seems to indicate that teenagers who are passengers being driven by other teenagers who text and drive are less likely to speak up about texting. When other teens don't speak up, it can translate into a texting and driving accident that could end up costing them their lives.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit with Arnold & Itkin
Victims of texting and driving accidents may be able to file claims or lawsuits against the negligent driver. While the driver that hit you may have already incurred a fine or other punishment due to a traffic citation, there is still legal action that you can take. By procuring the help of a personal injury attorney, victims have the ability to fight for financial compensation to recover the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, cost of damages, lost wages, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
Arnold & Itkin LLP would like to speak with you if you or a loved one was involved in an accident due to texting and driving. Victims of these types of accidents can often be seriously injured, and even killed in some serious cases. Statistically, a majority of drivers are likely to be involved in at least one collision in their lifetimes that is caused by distracted driving. Don't let the negligent driver get away with their actions.
If you would like to take legal action to recover financial compensation for the damages and injuries that you sustained, please contact a Houston injury lawyer from our firm for a free evaluation of your case today!