Texting while driving is a choice that can have severe consequences, and the texting driver is not the only person at risk. Other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians can be injured or even killed as the result of a texting while driving accident. At Rizio Law Firm, we firmly believe that drivers who make the decision to text while operating a vehicle and cause an accident should be held responsible for their actions, and we are fully prepared to assist victims of this type of accident.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
As a driver, you are likely to encounter a broad range of potential distractions, and you are responsible for managing your response to them. Handling these disturbances in a way that minimizes their impact on your driving is vital. There are three types of distractions. Visual distractions lure drivers into taking their eyes off the road; manual distractions prompt them to take their hands off the steering wheel; cognitive distractions urge drivers to think about something other than their driving.
Texting is a triple threat; it demands visual, manual and cognitive attention, so it is no wonder that texting while driving causes a significant amount of concern. The statistics are sobering. Consider these statistics from the National Safety Council:
- In the five seconds it takes for a driver traveling at a speed of 55 mph to send a text message, they have traveled the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving increases the chance of being in a crash a whopping 23 times.
- A driver who is texting is more likely to cause an accident than an intoxicated one.
- Texting drivers cause 1.6 million accidents and 330,000 injuries each year.
Sadly, many drivers overestimate their capabilities. They mistakenly believe that they have the ability to text while driving a vehicle. Despite laws banning handheld cellphone use and texting while behind the wheel, drivers persist in this risky behavior, endangering themselves and everyone else in their vicinity.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help?
Texting while driving is a modern epidemic that is a contributing factor in nearly 25 percent of all car accidents. Since texting while behind the wheel slows a motorist’s brake reaction speed by approximately 20 percent, these accidents often involve substantial impacts that have the potential to be catastrophic for everyone involved. Victims of a texting while driving accident often struggle with serious injuries that may result in long-term disability. With medical bills, the costs of continuing care and lost wages, they also face severe financial hardships.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a texting driver, a good lawyer is a powerful ally in your battle to receive the compensation that you deserve. An experienced lawyer will have the resources necessary to investigate your accident and document any evidence of the other driver’s negligence, including cellphone records. They will be fully prepared to advise you about your legal options and obtain results through negotiations or a trial.
At Rizio Law Firm, we are committed to helping people who have been injured in accidents caused by texting drivers. With more than 20 years of experience representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, we understand how devastating this situation can be. While nothing can erase the trauma of a texting while driving accident, our professional team will fight to see that you receive fair compensation for your financial losses and your pain and suffering.
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