With the ubiquity of cell phones, distracted driving is a problem for all Americans. These handheld devices are handy to have, but when used behind the wheel of a car, they can be deadly.
Such was the case for a 19-year-old resident of Citrus County in Florida. As she was driving home, she texted her boyfriend this: “I can’t wait to see you this weekend!” That was at 2:11 p.m. Four minutes later, a deputy came upon what remained of her car. She had driven into a tree and was killed on impact.
In the year following the death of her teenage daughter, the girl’s mother raised awareness for a campaign to educate others on the hazards of texting while driving.
Texas has also cracked down on those who don’t pull over to respond to or send a text message. The traffic in Houston is maddening enough when drivers aren’t involved in cell phone usage while driving. Having to shell out money to pay a ticket or take time off of work to go fight it in court is an unwelcome option as well.
But by far, those who fare the worst when drivers get distracted are the innocents who wind up killed, maimed or otherwise seriously injured. If you wind up hurt in a car accident where it’s known or suspected that the other driver was distracted by texting or any other preoccupation, you may be able to file a claim for the damages that you suffered. That can include payment of all of your medical bills, pain, suffering, time lost from work, loss of consortium if you are married and more.
Source: FOX News, “Florida woman, 19, dies in car crash after sending text to her boyfriend,” Dec. 20, 2017