Cell Phones and Texting While Driving is Dangerous
We can all agree that cell phones and texting while driving is dangerous. And yet, almost all of us are guilty of just such practices. Everyday, we see drivers attempting to talk on the phone and/or text and drive. With more motorists in San Antonio than ever before, the potential for danger has increased. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, and you suspect cell phone use may have been a factor, contact us and we will setup a consultation between you and our San Antonio cell phone related accident lawyer.
As you and our attorneys have been reading and/or hearing, recently published research studies have confirmed that being distracted by cell phone calls and texting are extremely dangerous influences while driving, which can create devastatingly hazardous conditions for both the driver and everyone else on the road. Driving already demands more multitasking than even the most frantic of us experiences on a daily basis. Not only must you observe your own bodily behavior, but also your mind has to stay focused on the driving patterns and speeds of every vehicle within 50 to 100 yards of your car, truck, or motorcycle. Furthermore, and especially in San Antonio, you might have to adjust the A/C a few times during a drive, adjust your mirrors depending on the type of road you are traveling (hilly, curvy, highway, residential), or readjust your seatbelt so the super-heated buckle does not touch your skin. Driving is inherently hazardous, but cell phones and texting while driving is dangerous and reckless. Our lawyers know how to compound all of these factors in order to form an argument that increases the chance of your receiving a proper and fair amount of compensation.
Recently, our attorneys handled a case where a tow truck driver was texting on his company-provided cell phone while talking to someone on another personal cell phone at the same time. Before the two-truck driver knew what was happening, he slammed into a car, which then crashed into a swimming pool. According to the San Antonio sheriff’s deputies, the 25-year-old tow truck driver admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car on the morning in question. The truck hit the car while both vehicles were in motion, and after the initial impact the car crashed through a neighborhood fence, sideswiped a house, and rolled into an in-ground pool.
The backyard containing the pool was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was fortunately in an otherwise good condition. Her eight-year-old niece suffered minor injuries, and both were properly fastened in the front-half of the vehicle by their seat belts. Our attorneys made sure both the aunt and her niece received proper medical attention at a nearby San Antonio hospital and then went to work determining to what extent cell phones, texting and driving played in causing the accident in the first place.
The tow truck driver was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone, and following too closely. While the injuries in this incident were relatively minor—no person was killed—this accident is an important reminder that cell phones and texting while driving is dangerous. Do not talk on a cell phone or text while driving a motor vehicle, under any circumstances.
If you, a loved one, or someone you know is in need of assistance after an auto accident, call our lawyers at 830-261-4614 or toll free at 800-862-1260.