By now, most drivers on the roads are aware of the dangers of texting and driving. A great deal of effort has been put into educating the public about the epidemic of distracted driving in general, and in particular, texting and driving.
Despite that education, drivers still cause accidents daily in the U.S. because of texting and driving. Recently, a pickup truck in Dallas collided with a church bus, killing 13 people on the bus. A witness claims that the pickup truck’s driver admitted to being distracted by text messages before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is collecting data from both drivers’ cell phones, as well as toxicology reports and air bag deployment reports.
Although it is unclear whether texting while driving was a factor in the church bus accident, there is no question that people are killed in accidents every day because of texting and driving. Experts say that about 25 percent of accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving. Texting takes a driver’s attention off the road for an average of five seconds, which if traveling at 55 mph, is the length of a football field.
If you have been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving, you should stand up for your legal rights. You have the right to compensation for your accident, including money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and more. If you believe the other driver was texting at the time of the accident, your attorney may be able to obtain the other driver’s cell phone records.
Call the Plano automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.