In the blink of an eye, a distracted driver can cause an accident that will change the lives of people around them for years to come. Although there have always been distractions for drivers as long as cars and trucks have been around, the rise of smartphones has given birth to a new form of distraction….texting while driving.
It’s estimated that at any given time in America, more than 600,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Unfortunately, all that use leads to about 1.6 million auto accidents each year.
In addition, 10 percent of all teen drivers in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the accidents, with a large percentage of those being attributed to texting while driving. Teens, by far are the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of their accidents.
Drivers in their 20s don’t fare any better. According to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, almost 40 percent of drivers in that age group involved in fatal accidents were using cell phones at the time of the accident.
Needless to say, these statistics are alarming and can be backed up by countless anecdotes of accidents and fatalities in every state in America.
Texting while driving remains an epidemic of preventable accidents. For those who survive, the physical and emotional toll is devastating. If you are cited as being at fault in an accident while texting and driving, you will pay a steep price. If you are the victim of this kind of accident, you will be well within your rights to seek full and just compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and possibly punitive damages as well.
The Law Office of Christopher Kalis serves Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and surrounding Texas communities.