Texting and driving: a growing problem which leads to serious accidents
Just as a national focus on curtailing drinking and driving began to have a positive impact, a new threat emerged for motorists and pedestrians on the road. The emergence of personal cell phones has led to an epidemic of texting while driving. Every year, thousands are injured and dozens are killed due to traffic accidents in the Murfreesboro area. Among drivers in the Murfreesboro area between the ages of 19-24 in the Murfreesboro area, who are more likely to text and drive, car crashes have increased from 3,856 in 2008 to 4,858 in 2014 – marking over a 1,000 crash increase. Still, any driver with a cell phone can potentially become distracted, operate their vehicle in a negligent manner, and injure or kill you or your loved ones. The Murfreesboro texting and driving accident attorneys at the law firm of Pate & Knott will work with you and your family to receive justice and just compensation when a negligent, texting driver causes injury to you or your family.
Texting and driving: a difficult issue with disastrous consequences
In 2010 alone, 3,092 people in the U.S. were killed as a result of distracted driving – with cell phone use as a major contributing factor. In the Murfreesboro area alone, distracted driving-related crashed increased from 857 in 2005 to 1,175 in 2014. Due to trends like this, many states have implemented laws against texting and driving. Unfortunately, states which have instituted texting while driving bans have actually seen a rise in the number of texting-related accidents. The theory behind the rise is that texting bans do not deter people from texting, but only force people to hide their phones and take their eyes further off the road. The truth is that it is up to individuals to stop texting and driving because it is a proven fact that texting and driving has led to many injuries and deaths. Tragically, many people still text and drive, and then cause accidents because of their negligent driving. When you or a loved one is injured by a distracted and negligent driver, you deserve compassionate and effective representation.
How do I establish the driver responsible for the accident was texting?
As traffic accidents statistics show, almost all texting and driving accidents are classified as “distracted driving” accidents. This designation is based upon police and accident reports. Information gathered from the drivers and witnesses immediately following the accident can become critical evidence. Unlike some states, Tennessee follows a policy of identifying who was at fault in an accident. The at-fault driver is then generally responsible for paying for damages resulting from his or her negligence. If a driver fails to pay attention to the road because they are texting, then they have breached the standard of care a reasonable driver would use and are at fault. Therefore, it is important to obtain a copy of any police reports or other information relevant to an accident. If you do not know how to obtain this type of information or what to look for, then you should consider contacting an experienced attorney. This is especially true if an injury results from the accident. When you or a family member is a victim of a texting while driving accident, the attorneys at the law firm of Pate & Knott will fight to get the answers and justice you need.
Murfreesboro texting and driving accident attorneys aggressively advocate against distracted drivers who text while driving
Texting and driving is a dangerous and growing trend. Accidents caused by this negligent activity are so easily avoidable and potentially devastating. When you or a family member have been injured by a texting driver, contact the compassionate, hard-working Murfreesboro texting and driving accident attorneys at Pate & Knott. We are the strong legal advocates you need on your side. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation, contact our law office at 615-848-1221 or contact us online.