Richmond Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

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Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. There are many things that can distract a driver, which is why it is a motorist’s responsibility to obey the laws that keep them and other people on the road safe. Changing stations on the radio, talking on your cell phone, sending text messages or e-mails, operating your GPS system, reading, or applying make-up can all potentially lead to an accident due to distracted driving.

Have you been injured as a result of the negligence of a distracted driver? You need an experienced car accident attorney to help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses. Contact our car accident lawyers in Richmond today!

Common Distractions for Drivers

As Richmond auto accident lawyers, we have seen many different types of distracted driving accidents occur. Among all of the causes for distractions, using a cell phone while driving, particularly for sending and reading text messages, is by far the most prevalent and dangerous. In fact, cell phone use is a factor in about one in every four motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Safety Council ("NSC"). Evidence shows that at any given time, about 9% of the motorists on the road are talking on their cell phones, making them four times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Surveys of teenaged drivers by the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that approximately 50% of teens admit to texting while driving. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates that texting while driving may make a person up to six times more likely to cause an automobile crash than driving while intoxicated would.

Laws Against Distracted Driving in Virginia

Many studies over the years have proven that the brain is simply not capable of safely multitasking, especially when trying to perform tasks such as driving and using a smartphone. In response to this, most states have endeavored to reduce fatalities and injuries caused by distracted driving with tougher legislation meant to punish distracted drivers. To help stop this deadly behavior, many states, including Virginia, have enacted laws that make texting (or using e-mail, or surfing the web, etc.) while driving a primary offense. This means that the police can pull you over if they suspect that you are texting while driving. The law makes illegal for any person to operate their vehicle on a highway while using a handheld device to send or read texts and emails.

The Importance Anti-Texting Laws

Anti-texting laws that apply to drivers are clear and to the point—you cannot use e-mail, text or the internet on your phone to communicate with others while driving. One texting and driving issue that many people have not considered is that even if a person isn't driving, they may still be held responsible for an accident. How? Under the law, if a person sends a text message to someone they know is driving and will probably read their text, they can be held liable if the driver causes an accident due to their text.

This is sometimes referred to as "third-party texting liability." This area of the law is new, however, it is likely to continue to develop in this direction if drivers refuse to obey the law and continue to text and drive. The Richmond personal injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center recently obtained a $1,000,000 settlement in a texting while driving case that involved both first and third party texting liability. Read a more in-depth discussion of third-party texting liability.

If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident due to distracted driving, The Halperin Law Center has the experience necessary to pursue all avenues of justice and compensation for you.

We can help you get the outcome you deserve after suffering from a distracted driving accident. Call our Richmond car accident lawyers at (804) 220-0223 for a free consultation!

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