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Texting and Driving Accidents

Las Vegas, NV Texting While Driving Injury Attorney

Texting and talking on a hand held cell phones while driving has become a major problem in the U.S. When people are talking on the phone, or are sending or receiving text messages while driving, they put themselves, their passengers and others on the road in grave danger.

Some states have cracked down on texting and talking on the phone while driving, making it illegal for anyone to send or receive text messages or talk on the phone without using a hands-free device. Nevada is one of these states. If you are involved in a car accident that is caused because another driver was texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone in the state of Nevada, you can file an injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.

Driver Distraction: A Real Problem

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve driver distraction every single day. Driver distraction can also refer to using navigation devices, changing the radio and eating while driving.

Despite the risks associated with texting and talking on cell phones while driving, a shockingly high percentage of drivers still admit to doing it. The CDC reports that 9 percent of drivers in the U.S. admitted to texting or sending emails while driving “regularly or fairly often.” Another 25 percent of drivers admitted to talking on handheld cell phones “regularly or fairly often” in the U.S.

Studies show that people between the ages of 18 and 29 are the guiltiest. According to the CDC, 75 percent of drivers in this age group admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving at least once in the last 30 days and another 52 percent admitted to texting or emailing at least once in the last 30 days.

Types of Driver Distraction that Cause Accidents

There are three types of distractions that can lead to crashes and collisions on the road:

  • Visual Distractions: any activity that takes the driver’s eyes off the road
  • Cognitive Distractions: any activity that interrupts the driver’s mind from focusing on driving
  • Manual Distractions: any activity that leads to the driver’s hands leaving the steering wheel

Texting while driving significantly increases a driver’s risk of an auto accident because it involves all three types of distractions.

Common Examples of Distracted Driving

Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Texting, emailing, or using social media on a mobile device
  • Talking on a phone, even if it's hands-free
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Applying makeup or grooming
  • Changing the radio station or adjusting the music playlist
  • Using a navigation system or GPS
  • Talking to passengers or attending to children in the car
  • Reading, including maps, books, or newspapers

These distractions can cause drivers to take their eyes, hands, and/or mind off the road, leading to accidents and injuries.

What Should I Do If I'm Hit By a Distracted Driver?

If you've been hit by a distracted driver, follow these simple steps to ensure that your case gets off to a strong start:

  • Get medical attention for yourself and anyone else involved in the accident.
  • Call the police to report the accident and request a police report.
  • Exchange information with the other driver and witnesses (Get the other driver's name, contact information, and insurance details).
  • Document the accident scene, specifically, take photos and videos of any damage to the vehicles involved and any injuries sustained.
  • Don't admit fault or apologize, as this can be used against you in any legal proceedings.
  • Contact a distracted driving accident lawyer in Las Vegas.
  • Notify your insurance company.

NHTSA Creates a Distracted Driver Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created the Driver Distraction Program in an effort to educate people about the risks associated with distracted driving and to eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving.

But, in the meantime, we still drive by people texting or talking on their hand-held cell phones every day. Although this is illegal in the state of Nevada, people, especially young people, continue to break the law.

Injured? Get Your Free Case Review Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that a distracted driver caused, you need an attorney on your side. Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen is ready to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages related to your accident.

To speak with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer about your case, contact the law firm of Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen at (702) 505-8115.

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