Distracted driving is a huge problem on the road today. Drivers who are distracted by their radios, cell phones, or conversations with passengers put other motorists at risk when they do not pay proper attention while driving. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reported that, "In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, distraction-related fatalities represented 16 percent of overall traffic fatalities [that year]."
A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION CAN DETERMINE WHETHER TEXTING WHILE DRIVING WAS A FACTOR IN YOUR CAR ACCIDENT
If you were seriously injured or if your loved one was killed in a car accident, one important area of investigation includes the question of whether the other driver was distracted. Contact us to learn how we can get started pursuing the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, replace lost wages, and acknowledge your pain and suffering.
THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HAS PASSED AN ANTI-TEXTING WHILE DRIVING LAW
To address the risks in traffic of driving while texting or using a cell phone, the Tennessee legislature passed a law (T.C.A. 55-8-199) in 2009 that reads in part, "No person while driving a motor vehicle on any public road or highway shall use a hand-held mobile telephone or a hand-held personal digital assistant to transmit or read a written message; provided, that a driver does not transmit or read a written message for the purpose of this subsection (b) if the driver reads, selects or enters a telephone number or name in a hand-held mobile telephone or a personal digital assistant for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call."
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO REDUCE RISKS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
Federal agencies and nonprofit organizations are also concerned about distracted driving as a public safety matter. USDOT has held "Distracted Driving Summits" in Washington, D.C., to bring together a wide spectrum of experts to strategize on how to confront the growing scourge of distracted driving that can lead to accidents. The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS, a collaborative effort consisting of nearly 40 national, youth-serving nonprofit organizations and government agencies) has also held "Distracted Driving Summits" that involved teenagers from throughout the U.S.
We can help maximize your compensation AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Despite these and other worthwhile efforts to curb the dangers of texting while driving, this dangerous practice still occurs. No thorough investigation of a car accident should overlook the possibility that a driver's negligence by use of a cell phone or other electronic device was a contributing factor. Determining liability is a crucial aspect of a car accident case. Talk to a Chattanooga attorney with experience representing people injured in distracted driver accidents. Call or email our law offices to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable and resourceful personal injury lawyer.