Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyers Who Handle Crashes From Texting
Our attorneys know how to deliver winning results for injured drivers
Texting and driving is by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving, and the Washington, DC car accident lawyers from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm want to help end this widespread problem by holding irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions. Texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. A rampant problem in Washington, DC and throughout the United States, texting drivers cause hundreds of thousands of crashes every year ─ and the results are often fatal. If you've been injured by a driver who was texting, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Washington, DC car crash attorney today for a free consultation.
"What are the dangers of texting and driving?" ─ Our lawyers explain
It should go without saying that taking your eyes off the road and looking at your phone to read or send a text is extremely reckless and unsafe. A lot of people do it anyway. Our Washington, DC car accident attorneys have seen the deadly consequences of texting while driving and don't think there's any good excuse to put your own life and the lives of others at risk just to read or send a text. When you text and drive, you increase your chances of seriously injuring or killing someone else. Imagine having to live with that. It's something that most people would struggle with every day. Even still, we hear all sorts of reasons why people think it's okay to text and drive, including:
- They're worried they'll miss something important: No text is worth a life, and it can wait. When you're driving you can't have any visual (eyes), manual (hands), or cognitive (mind) distractions, or you could cause a car accident. Texting distracts you all three ways. Some people think it's rude not to respond right back to a text, but no one who truly cares about you will expect you to put your life on the line just to read or send a text message. It can wait until you're done driving.
- They don't believe it impacts their driving: Most of us drive our cars every day. Commuting to work. Going to school. Running errands. While driving has become a normal part of our everyday lives, we shouldn't get complacent. People who text and drive have become too comfortable and have a false sense of security that makes them think they're invincible. People say "I never thought it would happen to me..." until it happens. Some will claim that they hold their phone up at windshield level so they can keep an eye on the road while they send or read a text, but that's not safe either. The fact is, anything that requires you to take attention away from the road is a distraction and leaves you vulnerable to a collision.
- They're addicted to texting: In today's world where technology is at our fingertips, texting has changed the way people communicate. Most of us are always "plugged in," our smartphones constantly by our side. Add in messaging capabilities on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the temptation to read or send a text while driving is at an all-time high. It's still no excuse for being negligent. Just like a drunk driver saying they caused a car accident because they're addicted to alcohol, an addiction to texting isn't going to protect you from having to take responsibility if you injure or kill someone in a crash.
Hurt by a texting driver? Our car accident lawyers will demand justice
Texting while driving is a far-reaching problem that doesn't just impact drivers in the Washington, DC area. Worldwide, people are injured and killed every day in crashes caused by texting drivers. In Washington, DC and many states, it's illegal for people to text and drive or hold their phones in their hands while they're driving.
There are laws in place to prevent texting and driving. Apps have been developed that will block incoming texts and calls when you're driving, and many of them are free to download. The option to turn off your phone, put it out of reach, or activate airplane mode is always available. If you really can't wait to read or send a text, you can always pull over somewhere safe to do so. With so many options available, our car accident attorneys find it hard to imagine that so many people willfully choose to engage in such reckless behavior.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a texting while driving crash, we can help you get the compensation you deserve and make the other driver answer for their negligence. Fight back -- contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.