Texting while driving is dangerous because the driver’s eyes and concentration are diverted from the road for some time. Many accidents and injuries can be attributed to distracted driving on account of texting while driving. Even the shortest span of inattention can cause a hazard for drivers and passengers on the highway. Some common texting and driving accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions (the driver may accidentally slam into a car ahead of them while texting)
- Whiplash injuries (often resulting from rear-end accidents)
- Accidents wherein the driver "didn’t see" the victim in time, including pedestrian-vehicle accidents, and accidents involving motorcycles or bicycles
- Head-on collisions where the driver has drifted into oncoming traffic while texting
Another common accident is where a driver is texting at a stop light. Here, the light may have turned green already while the driver is still stopped because they were busy texting. This can lead to a rear-end collision if the car is stopped in traffic when it should be moving.
Legal Consequences for Car Accidents Caused by Texting
In some cases, violations of texting while driving laws can result in fines, citations, and in some cases, short jail time (especially for very severe accidents or for repeat offenses). If the person was also found to be drunk while driving, it could compound the punishments to involve a suspension of driving privileges.
Texting and driving accidents can also result in a civil lawsuit in which the liable party becomes responsible for the person’s losses and injuries. This may include costs such as hospital bills, car repairs, etc.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Texting and Driving Accidents?
Texting and driving accidents are becoming increasingly subject to stricter penalties. You may wish to hire a criminal lawyer in your area if you have recently been involved in a texting and driving incident. Your attorney can represent you in court and can advise you on the proper way to respond and proceed with the case. Also, your lawyer can determine which legal options are best for your situation.