Hurt in a Crash by a Texting Driver? Get an Auburn Car Accident Lawyer
Our Auburn car crash attorneys can obtain maximum compensation
A lot of people send texts and emails from their phones, but that doesn't mean they have the right to hurt others or risk other people's lives by texting and driving. If you've been injured or someone you care about was killed in a car wreck with someone who was texting while driving, our Auburn car accident lawyers can work to bring justice and hold the responsible parties accountable for their reckless behavior.
Not only is it incredibly dangerous to send or read text messages (including emails and app notifications), it's against the law. In Auburn and throughout Alabama, it's illegal to text and drive. That's because studies have shown that when you send or read a text, your attention is divided and taken away from your driving. People should be more focused on the road in front of them rather than looking at their phone because their risk of causing a car accident and hurting someone goes up significantly if they're using their phone while they're driving.
Unfortunately, too many people in Auburn and across the U.S. don't think texting while driving is dangerous. They think since they've been driving for so long, they can be careful enough to use their phone in their car without causing a car accident and injuring someone. If you were hurt in a car wreck that was caused by someone texting and driving, you have rights, and our Auburn car accident attorneys can help you figure out the best plan of attack to get you the compensation you're entitled to. Contact a lawyer from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm in Auburn today for a free consultation.
Car accident lawyers who know why texting and driving is so dangerous
Most people should understand that taking their eyes, hands, and concentration off the road while they're driving isn't a good idea because someone can easily get hurt. Our lawyers hear about people getting injured in horrific car accidents caused by distracted drivers ─ many of whom were using their smartphone during the car accident ─ and our attorneys have seen texting drivers cause tragic car wrecks that have injured and taken the lives of too many innocent victims.
The sad reality is, a lot of people do know it's dangerous and against the law to text and drive, but they do it anyway because they think they are somehow not in danger or at risk of causing a car accident and hurting someone since they text and drive all the time. It isn't about all the times someone texts and drives without getting into an accident and hurting someone, it's about the one time something does happen and results in someone getting severely injured or killed. Texting while driving simultaneously distracts a person on three different levels, including:
Visually: Looking at your phone to read or send a text takes your eyes off the road and makes you blind to the traffic around you, pedestrians, road hazards, and anything else you should be ready to react to while you're driving a car. Even a feature such as speech to text can be a distraction because a lot of people need to take their hands off the wheel to hold their phone or look down at their phone to read what they're about to send. We see this often among other drivers who end up drifting out of their own lane and then jerking the wheel before their whole vehicle crosses over the double yellow lines.
Manually: There's an expression that says "busy hands, busy eyes," and it certainly applies to people who are texting and driving. Having to tap or press buttons on your cellphone or smartphone may not seem like a huge deal if you're keeping your eyes on the road while you do it, but studies have shown that our eyes are naturally drawn to what our hands are doing. Even if you glance away from the road for a second, it could be long enough to get into a car accident with another driver.
Mentally: People who text and drive often say they do it because they're good at multi-tasking and the risk of texting while driving simply doesn't apply to them. This is a foolish argument to make, because a lot of the impairment caused by texting and driving comes from the conversation itself. If you're having a heated argument or emotional conversation with someone via text, your ability to fully pay attention to your driving drastically decreases. Even using a hands-free device and engaging in a conversation can increase your chances of an accident because it slows your reaction time. Simply put, phone use while driving is a cognitive distraction and should be avoided altogether to help make sure no one gets injured in a collision.
Let an Auburn car accident attorney win your texting and driving case
Most of us have heard the excuses. "I only do it when I'm stopped at a red light." "I hold my phone up at eye level so I can watch the road too." "It was only for a second." Our Auburn car accident lawyers have heard all sorts of explanations for texting and driving, and none of them are good reasons to put your life and the lives of everyone you share the road with at risk. Whatever the message is, it can wait.
The beauty of text and email messages is neither require immediate action in order to appropriately reply to the other person. Texting is supposed to be a convenient form of communication, done when you have the time and ability to properly read and respond. Driving is never a convenient or appropriate time to read or send a text and doing so can result in a car wreck that causes serious injury or death to another person.
Our attorneys are passionate about battling the texting and driving epidemic that's happening in Auburn, Alabama, and throughout the nation. That's why the lawyers from our Auburn law firm are so dedicated to helping injured car accident victims get the justice they deserve through financial compensation that's fitting and fair for everything they've gone through. Take a stand and fight back with the help of an Auburn car accident lawyer. Contact an attorney from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm in Auburn today for a free consultation.