Texting Drivers Are Causing Serious Accidents
Texting has become the No. 1 cause of driver distraction. When a driver sends a text, they must divert their attention from the road for at least five seconds. At 55 mph, a vehicle will travel the length of a football field in just five seconds. The catastrophic effects of texting while driving are growing every year.
Klein & Carney Co., LLC, knows how serious these accidents can be and how to fight for maximum compensation for you.
We Maximize The Amount You Recover In A Texting-And-Driving Accident
According to the United States Department of Transportation, cellphone 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.
You May Be Able To Recover Punitive Damages
Texting while behind the wheel of a car is particularly hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers. Seventy-seven percent 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 cellphone devices has been outlawed in many municipalities, an accident caused by cellphone usage could result in both civil and criminal ramifications.
We Should Be Your First Call
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a driver distracted by texting, do not speak with insurance representatives. Instead, contact Larry Klein or Chris Carney at 216-502-3947 for a free consultation.