Texting and Car Accidents
As texting has become the preferred means of communication for many Americans, the number of distracted driving accidents has continued to rise. There have been efforts by advocacy groups and legislative bodies to warn of and regulate the dangers associated with text messaging while driving. However, these have only been limitedly successful by any account. When motorists send or read text messages while driving they are unable to lend their attention or physical control to the task of operating their automobile and are therefore likely to cause needless accidents.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash caused by a texting driver, it may be appropriate to seek financial compensation for vehicle repairs, medical bills, and other damages incurred. Contact the Danville car accident attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (217) 443-4343 to discuss the possible advantages of filing a civil lawsuit in the matter.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
Recently, a Massachusetts court convicted a man for vehicular homicide after he was involved in an accident he caused by text-messaging while driving. This move on the part of the court is representative of a potential nationwide trend to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions. Because texting involves the willful redirection of a driver’s attention, it can be seen as voluntary recklessness and therefore may warrant legal action. The following are some of the effects of texting behind the wheel:
- Distraction of visual attention
- Distraction of mental focus
- Distraction of physical capacities
- Inadvertent drifting into other lanes of traffic
- Failure to recognize the need to brake to avoid a collision or prepare for a turn
A skilled and experienced attorney can help you to pursue justice and financial compensation when you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a texting motorist. Contact a Danville car accident lawyer of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.