In today's world, it seems that everyone is online and connected through their smart-phones and similar devices. Of course everyone knows - at least in theory - that it is dangerous and perhaps even illegal to text while driving, but very few really understand the extent of the risks involved.
You might be thinking that you are very careful when you text and drive, that you are not like those people who overdo it and you keep your car under control while texting and driving. Even if all of this is true, there are still serious risks involved that you know should know about before using your smart phone in the car.
What Are the Risks?
Some of the risks involved with texting while driving are obvious, and others are a little more subtle, but all of them are important.
- Motor vehicle accidents:
As we noted in an earlier blog post, drivers who take their eyes off the road miss significant critical information. Even looking at something other than the road for a couple seconds can seriously increase the risk of accidents, especially when driving on the highway.
- Criminal violations:
Texting while driving is unlawful for all drivers, and there are limitations on cell phone use for younger drivers. There are bans on cell phone use for bus drivers, too. You could face fines and other legal problems if you are charged with texting or cell phone use while driving.
- Civil lawsuit implications:
This is one that most people don't think about: If you're in an accident, even if it was not your fault, you could lose the impending lawsuit if you were on your cell phone at the time of the accident. The fact is, attorneys and the court can look at your phone records in a lawsuit, and your activity can be tracked and timed. If you were sending a text at the time of an accident, the judge and jury will naturally presume that the accident was your fault.
Not only could this result in you losing your opportunity to obtain compensation from the other driver, you could be the one having to pay, possibly millions.
Leaving your cell phone in your pocket while driving is one of the most important things you can do to be safe and avoid legal problems in the criminal or civil courts. If you are in an accident in Little Rock or the surrounding area, talk with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney right away.