When Henry Ford created his first Model T, his thoughts never strayed to the possibility of the modern vehicle, must less to the dangers of driver distraction. His sole goal was to create an alternate mode of transportation. However, over the past century, driver distractions have increased in prevalence, and none so much as the smart phone. Drivers have always had to be cautious of the inner-car behavior of other drivers on the highways, but at least once a day we all glimpse a driver texting away on their smart phone while driving. If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a texting accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texting Car Accident Statistics
The Texas Department of Transportation is well aware of the prevalence of texting while driving throughout the state. In 2014 alone, there were approximately 100,000 car accidents caused by driver distraction, which can include distraction, inattention, or texting. This number represents a 6 percent increase from 2013. Out of the 100,000 car accidents, approximately 3,000 people were seriously injured, and nearly 500 people were killed as the result of driver distraction.
Texting while driving seems to increase each year, despite the ongoing public service campaigns which warn against the dangers of texting while driving, and the laws which have been implemented to fine drivers who are cited for texting while driving. The advent of smart phones have led to a lot of wonderful new technological enhancements, but have unfortunately also led to a new method of causing accidents and tragedy for families nationwide.
Recovery from a Texting While Driving Accident
As the victim of an accident caused by texting while driving, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Texting accidents have almost become as common as accidents stemming from driving while intoxicated, and are equally as dangerous. Many studies have indicated that texting while driving has the same consequences as driving while intoxicated. The injuries resulting from texting while driving accidents can include:
Unfortunately, many texting accidents also occur to pedestrians and bicyclists, since drivers who are otherwise distracted have a tendency to veer into another lane, or do not notice when a pedestrian has the right of way. These types of accidents can have severe consequences to all victims, and can lead to extensive medical care and rehabilitation. The responsible driver should be held accountable for medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a texting accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their claims and injuries which are the result of texting accidents. You should not be held financially responsible for all the repercussions of such a traumatic accident. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.