Texting and Driving Accidents
Many drivers no longer leave the house without their cell phones. While our technological advances make our lives easier and more convenient, no one can deny that these devices can be a serious distraction. Most states have passed legislation forbidding talking on the phone while driving, and nearly all have prohibited texting and driving. As technology permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, motorists have to remember to put down the phone and concentrate on driving rather than socializing–the safety of everyone on the road depends on it.
Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents, and it is entirely preventable. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who was texting, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers believe that you deserve compensation for your injuries, and the distracted driver should be held responsible for his or her actions.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
Using a cell phone while driving is comparable to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Cell phone use is involved in about 25 percent of all auto accidents and about 21 percent of fatal teenage car accidents each year.
In fact, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that a driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than other drivers. With statistics like this, it’s easy to understand why distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem than ever before.
According to the United States Department of Transportation,there are three main types of driver distractions:
- Taking your eyes off of the road.
- Taking your hands off of the wheel.
- Taking your mind off of driving.
Texting while driving involves all three types of distracted driving, which accounts for the significant increase in accidents for texting drivers.
What To Do After An Accident
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a negligent individual, there are some basic steps that you must take to ensure that as much information about the incident is remembered.
Some of these include:
- seek medical attention if required
- use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene
- write down the contact details of the at-fault driver
- collect any contact information of people who witnessed the crash
- do not leave the scene of the accident until a law enforcement officer gives you permission
By keeping as much information as possible about the crash, it will help your attorney to put together a more robust lawsuit – should you decide to pursue the at-fault driver for compensation damages.
Texting While Driving Accident and Injury Lawsuits
In a typical car accident case, proving negligence can be difficult. Proving that texting while driving caused an accident can be even harder. That is why it is important to have an experienced
auto accident attorney by your side.
Following a car crash, it may not be immediately apparent that texting or cell phone use was a contributing factor in the accident. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our distracted driver attorneys have access to investigators who are experienced in gathering evidence, such as cell phones and cell phone records, in order to pinpoint the cause of an accident.
It is important to contact an attorney shortly after an accident has occurred so that evidence is fresh and easily attainable.
How To Contact A Connecticut Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, contact our auto accident attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, physical injury and emotional trauma.
Having won MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our customers, at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyer our attorneys have over 140 years of combined legal experience and the determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation.
To find out how we can help, please contact us on 1-800-PERKINS(outside of Connecticut, call 203-397-1283), or use our case evaluation form –a member from our intake team will collect some details about your accident and then connect you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy!