Texting while driving is one of the most common and dangerous forms of distracted driving, accounting for about 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is estimated that, during the day, at least 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving, increasing the risk of potential deaths and injuries on roads across the country. Many of the injuries sustained in these preventable accidents are severe, sometimes resulting in permanent disability. If you or a family member was injured by a negligent driver who was texting while driving, you have a right to pursue compensation to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other losses associated with the accident. At Eliot Reiner, APLC, our legal team is prepared to fight for your right and help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
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Texting while driving is not the only dangerous distracted driving habit, but it is one of most common and deadly. The act of sending or reading texts generally requires one to look away from the road for at least 5 seconds. If you are traveling at 55 mph, this is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. No driver can safely operate a vehicle safely while engaging in other activities.
The use of cell phones while driving is widely regarded as a dangerous habit and, as such, nearly every state in the country has banned texting for all drivers, regardless of age, and those that do not still impose some restrictions on cellphone use while behind the wheel.
Everyone can play a part in putting an end to texting while driving. Teens and young adults are most at risk for these types of accidents, so parents should impress the importance of safe driving and the consequences of failing to do so. To play an active role in their own safety, teens can also speak up when they see friends using a cell phone while driving.
Parents should also set an example and practice safe driving habits themselves. If your teenage son or daughter sees you using your phone while driving, your warnings are not likely to be taken seriously. Lead by example and put your phone away until it is safe to use.
For many, driving is a major part of their job. Employers should encourage and enforce safe driving policies. If you sustain an injury by someone who was texting while on the job, you can hold the driver and the employer liable for the accident and all resulting damages.
Injuries sustained in car accidents can be devastating. Survivors are often faced with costly medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and even the loss of work. This is not the time to suffer in silence. Now is the time to act and obtain skilled and experienced legal representation to help you seek justice.
At Eliot Reiner, APLC, our firm is equipped to handle a broad range of claims, including some of the most complex injuries. We understand the struggles accident victims face and will stop at nothing to relieve you of these burdens. Let our team help you move forward with financial security and peace of mind.
Contact our office today at (916) 778-3228 to schedule your free consultation. We can listen to your story and explain how we can assist you through this challenging time.