Recent news reports show that the incidences of traffic accidents caused by texting has gone down. The reason attributed to this is due to the enforcement of laws regarding use of cell phones while driving. Enforcing the laws on texting while driving has improved the situation. Perhaps the texting while driving accidents rates have gone down, but injuries from texting while driving car accidents are still significant. Texting while driving deaths remain a concern as well. If you are a victim of such an accident, you need the advice and counsel of an attorney who is well versed in texting while driving law.
Car accident reports show that many road accidents are caused by drivers’ negligence. These negligent acts range from failure to abide by traffic laws, reckless and negligent driving, and failure to focus on the road. A possible cause of loss of focus while driving can be simple driver’s distraction. Driver’s distraction is one of the leading causes of traffic-related accidents nationwide. The latest trend to cause distraction is the use of cellphones and other hand-held gadgets while driving. Texting while driving is when the person composes, sends, or is reading a text message through a hand-held phone while he is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. It re-focuses his attention so the driver may not immediately notice an impending threat that can harm him and his passengers.
The laws on texting while driving are very clear: don’t do it. It you do, you are in violation of the law, and you can be criminally and civilly responsible for any damages you may cause. There are some simple tips to keep you focused on the road and not on your phone:
* If a message needs to be read or responded to, it is safer to pull over to the side of the road and make all the calls and text messages needed.
* To avoid the temptation of having a quick peek at your phone (which can lead to reading or sending a message), place it inside your bag or inside the dashboard compartment.
* Turn the phone to silent mode before driving off so that you won’t think of checking it to see who is calling or who has sent a message.
Observing these safety precautions can further assure you of a safer trip each time you drive.
If you have had the unfortunate experience of being in an accident you feel may have involved texting while driving or other driver negligence, contact the law offices of Jeffrey Dawson, an Irvine personal injury lawyer. Jeff can inform you of the laws on texting while driving and assist you in your car accident lawsuit.