Text messages have rapidly become a communication norm. Unfortunately, drivers can develop a bad habit of texting while they are behind the wheel, which only heightens the likelihood an accident will occur.
Texting and driving accidents are becoming an increasingly common occurrence on Alabama roadways. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone or portable electronic device while behind the wheel at any given time. This frightening statistic sheds light on the texting and driving distraction epidemic.
If you or someone you love was involved in a car wreck as the result of a negligent driver who was texting, you may be eligible for compensation.
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we understand the confusion and frustration that accompany an auto accident, and we want to be the ally you and your loved ones have during this difficult time. We will always fight for the maximum compensation due to the victims of texting and driving accidents.
To find out how we can help, call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free case evaluation form. Your initial conversation is 100% free, and the details of your case will always remain confidential.
Why is Texting and Driving Dangerous?
Like many other distracting behaviors, sending and reading text messages takes the driver’s focus off of the road. When a motorist is not concentrating, their reaction time is slowed and judgment-making abilities are impaired.
There are three types of distractions, including:
Texting in particular happens to be one of the worst offenders in the realm of driving distractions, as it requires all three of the above processes to send or receive a text message:
- The driver is visually distracted when they take their eyes off the road to look at their phone
- Cognitive distraction occurs as the driver thinks what to say or reads a message
- As they take their hands away from the wheel to type the message, they are manually distracted
According to the NHTSA, drivers who engage in texting behind the wheel are three times as likely to crash as those who do not.
Types of Texting and Driving Accident Injuries
Some of the most common texting and driving accident injuries are:
- Airbag injuries
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Passenger ejection
- Seatbelt injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Wrist injuries
Habitually texting while driving is not uncommon, either. The NHTSA reports that 20% of teen drivers and 10% of parents admit to having extended conversations through text with multiple messages being exchanged during their time in the car.
After an auto accident with a texting driver, seek medical attention immediately—even if you aren’t sure if you were seriously injured. Internal injuries and some symptoms of head or brain trauma may not show up immediately, and it’s important to diagnose and treat all injuries as soon as possible.
Get Help From Our Birmingham Law Firm
At Cory Watson Attorneys, our skilled team of litigators is ready to assist you with your texting and driving accident claim. We can offer the peace of mind that your case will be handled with expertise and compassion as we seek justice for you and your loved ones.
From our office in Birmingham, we are proud to serve clients in communities across Alabama. Call (877) 562-0000 or complete our free initial consultation form to get the experienced legal representation you deserve today.