Technological advances, such as cell phones, are becoming a staple in today’s society. However, while making many aspects of our lives easier and more convenient, the use of these devices while driving poses a serious threat to our safety on the roadways.
According to a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top cause of distracted driving is the use of a cell phone.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
Distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. There are three main types of driver distractions, according to the United States Department of Transportation:
- Taking your eyes off of the road.
- Taking your hands off of the wheel.
- Taking your mind off of driving.
Texting while driving involves all three types of distracted driving. If a driver is texting while operating a vehicle, their chances of being involved in a collision significantly increases.
Using a cell phone while driving is comparable to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Cell phone use is involved in about 25 percent of all auto accidents and about 21 percent of fatal teenage car accidents each year. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that a driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than other drivers.
Texting While Driving Accident and Injury Lawsuits
In a typical car accident case, proving negligence can be difficult. Proving that texting while driving caused an accident can be even harder. That is why it is important to have an experienced auto accident attorney by your side.
Following a car crash, it may not be immediately apparent that texting or cell phone use was a contributing factor in the accident.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our distracted driver attorneys have access to investigators who are experienced in gathering evidence, such as cell phones and cell phone records, in order to pinpoint the cause of an accident. It is important to contact an attorney shortly after an accident has occurred so that evidence is fresh and available.
Contact an Oklahoma Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, contact our Tulsa based car accident attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, physical injury and emotional trauma.
A member of our team can review your distracted driving accident claim and guide you on your next course of action.