Indianapolis Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer
While driver error remains one of the most common causes of car accidents across the state, the reasons for those errors are wide ranging. Driving while distracted, for example, regularly tops the list of the most dangerous activities in which motorists can engage, with texting proven to be particularly perilous. Although it is possible to recover compensation from an at-fault motorist whose decision to text while driving resulted in an accident, doing so can be difficult, as negligent motorists are rarely willing to admit to using their phones while driving, so if you were recently injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, you should speak with an experienced Indianapolis texting while driving accident lawyer who can walk you through your legal options.
Defined as engaging in any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road, distracted driving has become an increasingly serious problem over the last decade. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 1,000 people are injured in crashes caused by a distracted driver every day. While all forms of distracted driving including eating, talking, and using in-vehicle technology, are all dangerous, certain activities are considered especially risky. Using one’s cell phone to text, for instance, is one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors, as it satisfies the definition of all three types of distractions, including:
- Visual distractions, which take a driver’s eyes off of the road;
- Manual distractions, which take a driver’s hands off of the wheel; and
- Cognitive distractions, which take a driver’s mind off of the act of driving.
Texting, unlike many behaviors, requires all three types of distraction, making it especially dangerous for drivers.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
The dangers of texting while driving cannot be overstated. In fact, the Indiana Department of Labor recently reported that people who text while driving are 23 more times likely to be involved in a collision. This is largely attributed to the fact that a driver’s reaction time is around 30 percent worse while trying to text and drive, with drivers spending an average of ten percent of their time actually outside of their lane. Furthermore, looking down to send or read a text while driving requires a motorist to take his or her eyes off the road for as long as five seconds. While this may not seem like an alarming amount of time, it’s important to note that a person who is driving 55 miles per hour, travels the length of a football field in that amount of time.
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Motorists who text while driving and who then cause a collision can be held liable for resulting damages, which could include compensation for everything from medical bills and lost wages to property damage and pain and suffering. Please call 317-455-4043 today to speak with one of the experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP about your legal options following a crash.