Texting and Driving Accidents
No matter how safe you are on the road, you are still susceptible to the carelessness of other drivers. Whether your car accident was the result of the other person driving too quickly, driving under the influence, or forgetting to check their blind spot before merging, getting in an accident when you know you did everything right can be very frustrating. The leading cause of car accidents in the United States is not speeding or drunk driving but distracted driving. Use the skills and experience that a car accident attorney has to fight for just compensation. When you have been in an accident because the other driver was using their phone, contact my office in Monroe, Louisiana, today to begin the fight for compensation.
How Common is Texting While Driving?
Very. Each year, about 421,000 people are injured as the result of a distracted driving accident. 10% of adults and 20% of teens have admitted to having complete texting conversations while they were behind the wheel. Moreover, 77% of adults and 55% percent of teens believe they can “manage” the task without getting into an accident. It’s often people who believe they can break the law and text at the wheel who are the ones to cause car accidents.
Teenagers Behind the Wheel and How to Prevent Accidents
With the new generation starts driving, it is reasonable to assume that they will be prone to more accidents; after all, Generation Z is the first generation to get a cell phone before they start driving, on average. Start a habit in your kids so they will never even try to text while drive. Here are some methods that parents have used to prevent their new drivers from texting and driving:
- Don’t assume your kids know to not text and drive. Simply have a conversation with them explaining that it is dangerous and against the law in Louisiana.
- Lay down strict rules with unforgiving consequences. If they know they will get in trouble for texting and driving, they’re less likely to do it.
- Set an example by putting your phone away when you are driving so they don’t know anything different.
- If you know they are driving, don’t give them a reason to drive distracted. Wait until you know they are no longer driving to text or call them.
When the Other Driver is at Fault
When it comes to car accidents where the other driver was texting, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is medical bills and car repairs can be extremely expensive, depending on the severity of the accident. The good news is that Louisiana is a fault state, which will help your chances at receiving compensation for your damages.
A fault state means that the court will attempt to identify who caused the car crash and hold them responsible. If you can prove that the other person was texting at the time of the event, they will most likely be responsible for those costs. In most situations, their insurance will cover the cost. Hire a car accident attorney to help you receive compensation for your injuries and property damage.
How An Attorney Can Help You
Hiring a personal injury attorney to guide you through your case will not only increase your chances of receiving compensation, but it will give you more time to focus on a quicker recovery. The more energy you put into resting and healing, the less time you will be kept from work or spending time with your kids.
Allow me to take the reigns of your case so you can seek the greatest settlement possible for your pain and suffering. My practice in Monroe is dedicated to helping the injured find justice, whether it’s a car, motorcycle, semi-truck, or pedestrian accident. Contact my office today to schedule a free consultation.