Were you struck by someone who was texting while driving? Despite Tennessee law making texting and driving strictly illegal, you are not automatically entitled to compensation from drivers who have broken the law in this way. The Law Office of Joshua S. Reed and our personal injury lawyer in Knoxville can help you understand your rights as an injured individual, navigate the legal system, and file a strong claim for recoveries.
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In general, the longer you hesitate to file a claim, the worse your chances of getting a maximized recovery, simply due to the fact that the defendant has time to prepare their own counter-case. We encourage you to call at your first opportunity to learn what our law firm can do for you.
There is a mound of evidence that shows texting and driving is seriously distracting and unreasonably dangerous in all situations. Many safety organizations, including the National Safety Council (NSC), have estimated that upwards of 40% of all car accidents that result in injury or death involve at least one driver that was using a cellphone at the time of the collision. This puts texting and driving in rank with the top two other causes of traffic accidents: intoxication and exhaustion.
Visual: The driver takes his or her eyes away from the road and mirrors.
Manual: The driver takes his or her hands away from the steering wheel and gear shift.
Mental: The driver takes his or her attention away from the current task.
Hands-free mobile devices are also not any better than holding a smartphone to read or send a text. The NSC conducted studies into the effectiveness of hands-free devices – such as Bluetooth speakers and systems built right into dashboards – and concluded that there was no notable difference in safety. Additionally, mental or cognitive distraction has also been found to linger for up to 28 seconds after a smartphone is put away; after a driver stops reading a text, he or she will still be thinking about what was sent for half a minute longer.
Knowledge and understanding as to why texting while driving is so dangerous gives you powerful tools to improve the legitimacy of your claim. If you do not want to go through this alone, or just cannot stand the thought of researching everything while you should be resting, our Knoxville car accident attorney can be of assistance. Contact our firm today to discuss your options and what compensation you should be seeking.