Accidents from Texting and Driving
Tulsa Car Accident Attorneys
Have you been arrested for texting while driving? Or perhaps you are the victim of an accident where the other driver was texting. These days, it is practically impossible to separate one person from their cell phone, or from technology in general for that matter. Most of us never go very far without our cell phones nearby, which may give an explanation as to why it is one of the leading causes of car accidents.
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The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Distracted driving has become an increasing issue in recent years. Distracted driving affects a person’s focus and attention, much in the way drunk driving affects a person's ability to focus. While alcohol or other stimulants have a chemical effect on the body, distracted driving detracts from physical and cognitive functions. Studies have also linked texting and driving—distracted driving in general, has been linked to causing hundreds of thousands of accidents per year, some causing serious injuries and even death.
- Some examples of distracted driving:
- Removing your hands from the wheel
- Letting your eyes wander away from the roads
- Reaching down to pick up something
- Consuming food or beverages
- Using electronic devices, including texting or GPS
The bottom line is that texting while driving can substantially increase the likelihood of crashing into another vehicle. Despite this fact, the issue had not been addressed by laws until 2015. This past May, legislators passed a law, which will penalize drivers for texting and driving. If a driver is found guilty of this offense, he or she will be fined $100. The law will take effect on November 1, 2015.
Establishing laws to penalize drivers for texting and driving helps to reduce accidents, and ensuing injuries and deaths. This is in response to the many research claims, which have shown that it is simply not possible to perform more than one action at once—and driving requires one’s full attention. This especially applies to texting and using a cell phone in general. In response to this, imposing tough laws is one strategy enacted to alleviate an issue that may only continue to grow as we become more reliant on technology.
How Liability Is Determined
Having a competent attorney, who is readily able to stand firm and fight with aggression against opposing counsel and insurers, is vital to your case’s success. Our attorney's have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that the person who is discovered to be texting and driving is held accountable for their negligent actions and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Our Tulsa car accident lawyers can help find compensation for many losses, including:
- Medical bills and treatment
- Transportation to the health care facility
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income and future wages
- Future medical bills
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
When making a personal injury claim, you will not be interacting much with the driver, but their insurance company. The insurance companies will be reluctant to pay out the deserved amount of compensation and it takes an experienced attorney to effectively to negotiate a fair settlement, or if it becomes necessary to pursue further legal action and file suit against the driver. Texting drivers are negligent drivers, and they owe everyone with whom they share the road the duty of practicing safe driving. When it becomes necessary to take the next steps in pursuing justice and financial recovery for the damages caused;
Work with Saint & Watzke, PLLP!
As Northeast Oklahoma's personal injury and criminal defense lawyers, we have complete and thorough understanding of the law and keep you informed about your case every step of the way. Having a knowledgeable attorney from Saint & Watzke, PLLP can use that to your advantage and can give you a better chance of obtaining a desirable outcome. You deserve to move forward in peace.
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