Texting and Driving Accidents
A growing epidemic has been sweeping across America for the past decade. Texting and driving has become one of the most dangerous distractions drivers now engage in while behind the wheel. It is estimated that at any given daylight hour approximately 600,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.
Although the majority of states throughout the country have banned the use of such devices and in particular, texting while driving, many drivers still engage is this risky behavior. According to a survey by AT&T in 2013, 49 percent of adults admit to texting while driving which is 6 percent more than the percentage of teens who admit to texting while behind the wheel.
In 2014, at least 100 car collisions in South Carolina involved drivers who were on their cellphone while 8,042 were caused by driver distraction. Even if a driver is not directly texting, his or her cellphone can still be a distraction if he or she is reading a text or about to start texting.
Nationwide, more than 431,000 people were injured in car accidents that involved a distracted driver and an additional 3,129 fatal distracted driver accidents were reported in 2014.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident due to a distracted driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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The Dangers of Texting & Driving
Multitasking has become commonplace for most drivers. Unfortunately, many are unaware of how dangerous it can be.
Texting while driving causes three different types of distraction to occur:
- Cognitive - A driver's mind is now on his or her electronic device rather than on driving
- Manual - A driver may take his or her hand(s) off the wheel to send a text message
- Visual - A driver will take his or her eyes off the road to read or send a text message
It is estimated that when drivers send or receive a text message they avert their eyes for 4.6 seconds. Although it may seem like a short time, if a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour, in 4.6 seconds it will have traveled the length of an entire football field.
Common Types of Collisions
Due to the many distractions texting while driving cause, most any type of collision is possible depending on other factors such as adverse weather conditions or if the driver is speeding.
Some common types of texting while driving accidents include:
- Rear-End Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Single Vehicle Wrecks
If on a two lane road with no median drivers may also be involved in head-on collisions if they are sending or receiving a text message. These types of accidents are preventable which is why it can be frustrating to be involved in a crash with a distracted driver. At Harbin & Burnett we understand how frustrating this situation can be which is why we will work with you to ensure that you receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you are entitled to under South Carolina law.
South Carolina Cell Phone Laws
South Carolina joined 45 other states that have a statewide ban on texting and driving in 2014. However, there is no overall ban on cell phone use, and the fines are relatively small. Without strict enforcement, there will still be many drivers on the road carelessly using their smartphones while driving.
Contact our Texting & Driving Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a distracted driver and are seeking comprehensive legal counsel, our attorneys are ready to help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation. The victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, and pain and suffering caused by another individuals carelessness.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling auto accident cases and are ready to help guide you through the entire litigation process. Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina and we proudly serve the following areas:
- Travelers Rest
and many more local communities. For more information on your legal rights and for a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your auto accident claim, contact us at 1(888)821-0247. Our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your specific case after a few preliminary questions.
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