Beware of Texting While Driving – A Lawsuit May be on the Cards
Did you know that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to cause an accident? In fact, 30% of all car crashes in the United States are the result of drivers texting while driving. What’s more, texting while driving has been found to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Believe it or not, if you text while drive, the five seconds slower reaction time means that you will be traveling the length of a football field before you react to a possible accident – a sure fire way to get into trouble.
Texting while driving is negligence
The reason why we emphasize the word cause in the previous paragraph is that, if you are in a car accident due to texting while driving – you will be held liable for the crash. And if anyone got hurt in the process, they may very well make a civil case against you for personal injury. Texting while driving is a form of negligence, one of the fundamental pillars on which a personal injury case is built against you.
What they can sue you for
- Damage to their car
- Medical bills
- Out of pocket expenses like rental cars etc.
- Pain and suffering such as emotional distress
All of these can cost a pretty penny. And if you add these expenses to the legal costs you’ll have to ask yourself whether that text was that important.