Driving While Texting
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With the advent of the smartphone, distracted driving has become more and more common. Because so many facets of our lives are now organized and arranged via cell phone, we rely upon them to keep our days on track. More than just an organizational tool, though, our cell phones are our link to our friends and loved ones. Most people can’t go more than a few minutes without checking in on their alerts and notifications on their devices. Unfortunately, this unhealthy relationship with technology has made driving much more dangerous. Driving while texting has become all too common, and the consequences are often dire.
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The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Because most of us rely on our cell phones for entertainment, socialization and to organize our lives, it’s easy to forget just how distracting they can be. While most people wouldn’t dream of watching TV or using their laptop while driving, many will admit to taking their eyes off the road to check their phone. Driving while texting is incredibly dangerous, but because we spend so much of our days with our phones in our hands, it can be hard to resist the temptation of an incoming message.
Unfortunately, our reliance on our phones has made roads significantly less safe. Distracted driving has always been dangerous, but no amount of loud music or makeup touch-ups behind the wheel can compare to the ubiquity of driving while texting. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes are caused annually by drivers distracted by their phones.
Teens in Trouble for Texting and Driving
Unsurprisingly, teens are among the most likely drivers to text behind the wheel. Their inexperience with driving and their overconfidence in their abilities lead many teenagers to take unnecessary risks. Too often, they’re driving while texting habits result in collisions. Such crashes can leave both drivers and passenger injured, sometimes fatally so.
Thankfully, there are legal options for victims of accidents involving those driving while texting. Those injured in such collisions may pursue compensation for the damages they sustained. Not only can a car accident settlement cover the costs associated with medical bills and car repairs, but this kind of compensation can help ease a person’s transition back to work or school. A car accident often leaves victims with serious psychological damage, but therapy costs can be included in a car accident settlement.
Should your accident involve the fatal loss of a family member, you can also recover costs associated with life-saving medical efforts, funeral arrangements and the grieving process of their loved ones. Nothing can ever make up for the death of someone you love, but a car accident settlement can ease the financial strain of an unexpected loss.
Options for Victims of Texting and Driving Accidents
Serious car accidents have serious consequences. Hold irresponsible drivers responsible for their choices with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. They’ll ensure you and your loved ones are taken care of in the days, weeks and months following a crash. Aren’t sure if you need an attorney? Give Lawsuit Info Center a call. Our helpful agents can guide you to the resources in your area. To get started, simply call 877-810-4067.
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