There’s no reason to LOL about the dangers of mobile devices when you’re behind the wheel. David Butts Law Firm recently filed a texting while driving lawsuit.
In February 2013, a driver with two passengers caused a serious collision with an oncoming car while texting. The two passengers, as well as the driver of the other vehicle were seriously injured. David Butts Law Firm represents one of the two injured passengers, who underwent surgery for a severely mangled leg and other serious internal injuries as well as lacerations and contusions.
The accident happened in Alabama, which is the newest addition to States that have since outlawed texting and driving.
National Safety Council Report: Young Drivers Have More Accidents while Using Cell Phones
In a recent survey of drivers in 2012, the US Department of Transportation reported that 6% of respondents reported having been in a crash in the past year; 7% were in a near-crash; and the majority (86%) reported no crash. Men have slightly more crash or near-crash incidences than women (15% versus 12%, respectively). Young drivers 18 to 20 have the highest incidence of crash or near-crash experience (23%) compared to all other age groups, and drivers 65 and older have the lowest (8%).
Young drivers report almost twice as many crashes (17%) as the next highest group, those 21- to 24-year-olds (9%), and up to four times as many crashes as the other age groups (4%–6%).
When asked how their driving is different when talking on the phone, at least half of all drivers report that talking on a phone makes no difference on their driving performance, and this increases to 60% of drivers under age 35 thinking it makes no difference. Two out of 10 drivers say they drive slower. Table 1 shows the percentages.
In a separate report by the NHTSA in December of 2011, titled the National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors, drivers were given multiple responses as to why they would ever considering using a mobile device for various purposes while behind the wheel.
But what if you have a good reason to text?
You don’t. And if you’re involved in a car accident that involves texting behind the wheel – as the victim or as a defendant – you need a good lawyer, with expertise in car accident lawsuits and serious personal injury cases.
Most of all, you need an attorney who is a proven winner in a Mississippi Court of Law. Experience makes a difference.