Texting and driving is a serious problem on Texas roads. It’s one of the leading causes of car accidents and often results in serious personal injuries.
Why is texting while driving so dangerous?
It is a problem that only seems to get worse as time passes. Although newer vehicles are equipped with features that allow drivers to use their cell phones in a hands-free manner, people still pick up their phones to read, compose and send texts. Texting while driving is a distraction that takes a person’s hands away from the wheel, their eyes off the road and their mind off their driving. Even looking down at a cell phone for five seconds to read a short text can lead to a serious car accident.
When drivers text while driving, it involves three types of distracted driving: visual, manual and cognitive. It differs from other types of distractions in that sense.
What are the consequences of texting while driving?
Texting while driving carries serious consequences. It can lead to a car accident that results in serious injuries and significant property damage. People can even be killed after an accident caused by a driver who was text messaging.
Using a hand-held cell phone while driving is illegal. Even if a person has an accident that doesn’t leave someone injured, their car insurance premium can increase.
What damages can be recovered if you’re injured by a texting driver?
People who suffer injuries due to an accident involving a texting driver have the right to file a personal injury claim. There are certain damages that can be recovered, including the following:
- Medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you were injured by a driver who was texting, fight back and recover the damages you’re due.