Injuries Caused by Texting Drivers

Texting has become the number one cause of driver distraction. When a driver sends a text, he must divert his attention from the road for at least 5 seconds. At 55 mph, a vehicle will travel the length of a football field in 5 seconds. The catastrophic effects of texting while driving are growing every year.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, cell phone use results in 1.6 million car accidents annually, with a toll of 500,000 injuries and over 6,000 deaths. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has concluded that drivers who text while driving are 26 times more likely to cause an accident, and a driver who is texting is six times more likely to cause an auto accident than an intoxicated driver.

Texting while behind the wheel of a car is particularly hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, 77% of whom are confident that they can drive safely while texting.
In Ohio, a person injured by an inattentive driver may be entitled to both compensatory and punitive damages, a fact that an insurance adjuster is not likely to reveal. Furthermore, since using cell phone devices has been outlawed in many municipalities, an accident caused by cell phone usage could result in both civil and criminal ramifications.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a driver distracted by texting, DO NOT TALK TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY. Contact Larry Klein or Chris Carney at 216-861-0111 for a free consultation. Call any time, 24/7, and you will have Larry or Chris on the line within minutes.

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