Texting while driving puts all of us at risk. How can we expect our children to be safe drivers if we do not lead by example? We must lead by example. Because of that, I’ve written several posts discussing distracted driving among both parents and professional drivers. You can read a few of those posts here:
A recent criminal case may be a first for our State. According to prosecutors, it may be “the first time Alabama’s texting and driving statute has been applied in a manslaughter case.” We previously discussed a commercial truck case in Georgia on this blog where both a driver and his trucking company were criminally indicted.
At the Blackwell Law Firm, we frequently help individuals injured by a distracted driver. While we don’t handle criminal cases, we do work hard to hold negligent and reckless drivers accountable for the personal injury damages they cause. We work hard to get compensation for our injured clients. Texting. Checking emails. Using social media. Looking for objects in the car. These are all normal activities but NOT when driving. They are all forms of distracted driving that have injured our clients in recent years.
It’s rare for a car crash to result in a criminal charge. But, sometimes the conduct is so extreme it is warranted. What happened in this case to warrant a criminal charge of manslaughter? It was an April morning. A young girl was struck head-on and killed. The driver who caused the wreck told police he looked down “momentarily” and when he looked up it was too late to stop for the car in front of him. So, he swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the young girl head-on. That was the driver’s story at the scene. If true, he was certainly negligent in his driving. Yet, the truth was much worse.
In our fast-paced world, so many things seek to divert our attention. Distracted driving has become a major cause of automobile accidents. Yearly, thousands of people are injured or killed due to a distracted driver. The picture below shows a car involved in a recent automobile accident handled by our firm. In that case, the teenage driver was looking away from the roadway while she changed songs on her cellphone. When she looked back at the roadway, it was too late to stop for a red light. Her distracted driving caused a chain collision damaging four cars and injuring several people.
Distracted driving can take many forms. Among all forms of distraction, texting is probably the most discussed. Why do we focus much of our attention on texting? Several reasons warrant the attention on texting. Many of these reasons relate to the wide-spread use of texting as a communication and its acceptance as a normal form of communication among younger drivers.
Also important — When compared to other distractions, texting is especially dangerous. Traffic safety experts often use three main categories to classify distractions. They are: