Texting and Driving Accidents
We live in a society that is filled with technology. Everywhere you go someone is using a cell phone or a computer. Everyone wants to find a quicker way to communicate and do business. While technology is a good thing, using a cell phone to send or receive text messages while driving can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. The U.S. Government reports that texting while driving leads to an accident risk that is twenty-three times worse than driving while not distracted. Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Tennessee. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident caused by texting and driving, then you need to talk to a texting and driving lawyer at the Higgins Firm. We care about your case and will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What are the types of distracted driving that can occur?
There are three typical types of distracted driving that can occur. These types are:
• Visual- When someone's eyes are not actually paying attention to the road.
• Manual- When the person driving does not have their hands on the steering wheel.
• Cognitive- When the driver's mind is not thinking about the act of actually driving.
Texting and driving is very dangerous because it involves all three types of distracted driving, looking at your phone instead of the road, taking your hands off the steering to send a text message, and thinking about a person's text or the text you want to send instead of thinking about driving. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration reported that twenty-one percent of drivers between the ages of fifteen and nineteen get distracted while driving because of cell phone usage.
What are some injuries that can happen in texting and driving accidents?
Many people often hear that texting while driving is dangerous but sometimes people do not realize what can happen until it happens to them or to someone they know. Here are some of the injuries that can happen during a texting and driving accident:
• injuries caused by airbags
• broken bones
• head injuries
• internal injuries
• injuries caused by seat belts
• back or spinal cord injuries
• psychological injuries or suffering
Car accidents can be serious and life-threatening no matter what the cause and can lead to injuries that are life-changing for many people and their families. They may include long hospital stays, surgery, or permanent disability. Texting while driving can make these accidents even worse because the driver is so distracted.
What should I do if I have been injured in a texting and driving accident?
The first thing you should do if you have been injured in a texting and driving accident is to get medical attention for your injuries. Then, it is advised that you speak to an experienced Tennessee texting and driving accident lawyer with our firm. We know that these types of injuries may mean that you and your family have large amounts of medical bills and other expenses to pay. We will work with you to gather medical records, photos, statements, witnesses and any other evidence we may need for your case. We will see to it that you are compensated for your pain and suffering. We will also work to make sure that the party responsible for the accident pays for their actions.
Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.