Texting while driving has become a deadly trend in the United States. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving, yet the numbers don’t lie. According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving causes 1,600,000 accidents each year in the United States. Many people realize the dangers that coincide with cell phone use while driving, yet statistics continue to significantly rise, showing the rate of accidents increasing as a result of cell phone use while driving.
Distracted driving is classified into three groups:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel while driving
- Cogitative: taking your mind away from your task at hand; driving
Driving while distracted can also include receiving or making phone calls, texting and eating. Utilizing in-vehicle technologies such as navigation systems is also a source of distraction. The results are endangering yourself, your passengers and other drivers. Texting while driving incorporates all three types of distractions, making it extremely dangerous, sometimes with fatal results.
Texting While Driving Is a Rising Problem
Based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car accident is 23 times more likely to transpire if a driver is texting while driving. Furthermore, NHTSA provides data that shows 30 percent of all car accidents in the United States are a direct result of drivers who admitted to texting while driving immediately before an accident took place.
As the statistics continue to make drivers more aware of the dangers involved with cell phone usage while driving, for those who are injured in an accident the result can be life altering. As a result of increased distracted driving, the amount of personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits has also increased. Understanding the legal aspects of distracted driving claims and lawsuits is an important element to knowing your rights.
Liability for Car Accidents Caused by Texting
A driver who is texting is liable for any damages he or she causes. In the United States, drivers are under a legal obligation to other drivers. This means every driver is responsible for looking out for the best interests of other drivers. As a driver, if you intentionally endanger other drivers by engaging in texting and driving, you immediately violate this obligation. This directly results in the driver becoming negligent. When a driver becomes negligent they are immediately responsible and liable for damages he or she caused as a result of distracted driving.
As you consider the liability that goes into texting while driving, the damages occurred become more relevant. The courts will determine the damages due the victim. Determined damages by the court may include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
You may experience soft tissue injuries such as; whiplash, abrasions or contusions. Or you can experience more severe injuries such as; broken bones, head trauma, internal bleeding, wounds and scarring, or any injuries requiring extended medical care. You should go to the emergency room or call the ambulance if you experience any injuries immediately after a car accident.
Additionally, if the negligent driver’s insurance company refuses to accept liability for the accident having an experienced, qualified personal injury attorney can help significantly. Hiring an attorney will help you through the process, taking the stress of fighting for your rights off your shoulders. Our network of experienced accident attorneys can assist you. Call us at: 855-272-6990. We are available 24/7.