Texting and Driving Accidents in Mesa
ABOUT DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWSUITS
Driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes in 2010, with 3,092 people killed. Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger, according to a Pew survey. Eleven percent of drivers age 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.
Why is texting while driving dangerous on Arizona Roads?
Using a mobile device to send and receive text message while driving is a form a distracted driving that can lessen a drivers ability in several ways:
Visual Distractions - As your eyes move from the road to view a text.
Manual Distractions - Holding a phone or pressing buttons removes a drivers hands from the wheel.
Cognitive Distractions - Trying to steer, text and think of response interferes with a focus on driving.
Dangers of texting and driving
Removing your eyes from the road for just 5 seconds to read a text is long enough to drive more than 100 yards. During this time you increase your chance of moving out of your lane on a highway, jumping a curb, colliding with another car, tree, pole or person.
Have you been injured by someone texting and driving?
Texting and driving has become a widespread problem. Although Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a universal ban on texting while driving, East Valley law enforcement recognizes the serious nature of this conduct and is beginning to crack down on distracted drivers. Some experts assert texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence, since most drunk drivers at least have their eyes on the road. A texting driver who causes a collision may be liable for compensatory, general, and other damages.
If you are injured by someone who was texting while driving, contact Mesa car accident lawyers at The Bradshaw Firm to arrange for a consultation today and find out how texting may affect your injury claim.