Texting While Driving Accidents
Technology has made it possible for us to be plugged in and connected to the world around us at all times. There are, however, both appropriate and inappropriate times at which one should connect to the digital world.
People seem to be able to keep their phones in their pockets when they’re seeing a movie or in church. But, they can’t seem to stop getting distracted by their cell phone when they’re behind the wheel, even though this is much more dangerous. Driving a vehicle while using a phone or any other technological device is both inappropriate and illegal. That’s because it could lead to serious injuries to people who do nothing wrong.
It is no surprise that texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more dangerous than drinking and driving. Yet, these accidents are becoming more and more common on our roadways. Even with the laws getting stricter about texting and driving, it hasn’t seemed to change people’s behaviour. They’re still addicted to their phones.
Another common misconception is that all cases of distracted driving involve texting while driving. That couldn’t be further from the case. As we’ve transitioned from flip phones to smartphones, it means that there are many more ways a phone can distract a driver. A driver can be distracted by:
- Sending or reading an email;
- Live streaming on Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram, or other social media platform;
- Talking on the phone, regardless of whether it was hands-free;
- Creating a Tik Tok dance; or
- Browsing an article on Twitter.
If you have been the victim of an accident in which the other driver was either texting or using their phone in another way, you may be entitled to compensation that would cover costs associated with your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
These accidents occur in a matter of moments and have impacts that can change a life forever, perhaps even end it. Insurance companies are often reluctant to provide an individual with the financial support he or she needs after an accident. They know that the worst off you are, the more leverage they have to get you to agree to a small settlement.
By retaining an experienced attorney, you can increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. At the Marcotte Law Firm, our lawyers have more than 150 years of combined experience helping a vast array of individuals throughout Lowell, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities.
We approach each case armed with our experience and the understanding that no two accidents are alike. Distracted driving and texting while driving can have a variety of impacts, many of them involving serious injuries that affect the brain, neck, back, shoulders and more.
We will creatively craft your case with a foundation of common sense and clear legal understanding. We don’t miss the forest for the trees. You will be asked to focus on getting well, while we focus on helping you obtain the best outcome possible.
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