Richmond Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Hit by a Distracted Driver? Call (804) 220-0223!
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