Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors that a person can perform behind the wheel. According to Distraction.gov, a person who sends or receives a text message while driving will look away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At that time, the driver’s vehicle can cover the length of a football field – all while the driver’s eyes are on the phone.
People who text and drive endanger themselves and others in their vehicles. They also put every other person on the road in danger – not just other motorists, but motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians as well. Often, this means that innocent third parties are harmed by a driver’s negligent decision to text and drive. If you or a loved one was hurt by a distracted or careless driver, you have legal rights. A Denver auto accident lawyer can help you to enforce those rights and to recover fair compensation from the person who caused your accident.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
The risk of texting and driving is not small. As Distraction.gov reports, a person who is texting and driving are 23 times more likely to get involved in an auto accident than a driver who is paying attention to the road. Young people are most likely to text and drive. However, young drivers can least afford to take this type of risk, since they have minimal driving experience. Adults, too, can be guilty of texting and driving.
Unfortunately, when someone texts and drives, he or she is more likely to hit another vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle rider, or to veer out of the lane and into a collision. A texting driver is also less likely to see if the car in front has stopped, so the risk of a rear-end collision is higher. A driver who is paying attention to his smartphone instead of the road might not slow down or serve to avoid a crash, further increasing the chances of serious injury or death.
You Need a Lawyer After a Texting and Driving Auto Accident
In the state of Colorado, texting and driving is banned. Therefore, a person who texts and drives is breaking the law. If you have been the victim of a texting and driving accident, an attorney can use the illegal texting as evidence of negligence when arguing your case in court or negotiating with the insurance company. Breaking a traffic law is generally viewed as sufficient proof of negligence or carelessness, so you may only need to show that texting was the cause of harm in order to obtain compensation.
At Levine Law, our dedicated Denver auto accident attorneys have extensive experience with texting and driving cases. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a texting accident, we will put our decades of experience to work to help you recover compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death, lost income, and other losses suffered.