Texting while driving has caused hundreds of thousands of car accident injuries and deaths in Oklahoma and across our country. It’s easy to understand why: receiving or composing a text message takes a driver’s attention away from the road long enough for a car going 55 mph to cover about 100 yards.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash in Oklahoma that was caused by a texting driver, an experienced car accident lawyer at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation about your legal rights.
Texting while driving is part of the larger problem of distracted driving. Anything that diverts drivers’ eyes, hands or mind from the task of operating their vehicle is a potentially dangerous distraction. Text messaging involves all three components of distracted driving –visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says texting while driving is “by far the most alarming” kind of distracted driving. It can lead to:
Texting while driving is particularly prevalent among younger drivers. The NHTSA says drivers younger than 25 are much more likely to text while driving than all other age groups.
Seventy-one percent of teens and young adults (age 21 to 24) say they have composed and sent text messages while driving, and 78 percent say they have read a text message while driving, according to the NHTSA. The incidence of texting while driving drops among every age group to less than 1 percent of those 65 and older reporting that they text while driving.
Oklahoma prohibits texting while driving for those who hold a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, who are typically young drivers.
Taking your eyes away from the road, your hands off of the steering wheel and/or your mind from the task of driving is dangerous and irresponsible. A texting driver of any age who causes a car crash can be held liable for the harm caused by his or her recklessness.
Persons injured in a texting-while-driving car accident can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
An experienced Oklahoma car accident attorney can investigate and compile evidence to demonstrate that the texting driver’s recklessness caused the driving accidents and injuries. With a well-prepared case, we can obtain a proper insurance settlement through negotiations or court action.
Let Burch, George & Germany, P.C., investigate the car accident that injured you if you suspect texting-while-driving was the cause. We can work to obtain fair and full compensation for your car wreck injury and other losses.
Texting while driving can also cause hit and run Oklahoma accidents. If you believe the driver who caused your car accident was texting, we know how to determine the facts and prepare a compelling argument for compensating you. We’ll press insurers to do what’s right. Got involved in an accident on interstate? Call us or fill out our contact form today for a free consultation about how we’ll fight for you.
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