Texting while driving is one of the most common causes of serious crashes on our roads and highways. While texting, drivers are far too distracted to operate their vehicle safely. As a result, texting leads to many serious car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to texting or distracted driving, get in touch with our law firm and schedule an initial consultation to fully understand your rights and to what you may be entitled under law. Call us today at (702) 252-0055.
Texting while driving is still a relatively new phenomenon. Indeed, it was only in the last ten years or so that cell phones became truly ubiquitous. Now, nearly all drivers, including most teenagers, have cell phones with them while they are behind the wheel of their automobile.
A driver’s cell phone should always stay safely tucked away in their pockets, but unfortunately, all too often it does not. While the data that pours in year after year paints an extremely alarming picture, a cursory look at information tells nearly the entire story:
Even more alarming, distracted driving appears to be a growing problem. Over the last several decades, auto accidents had been on the decline in the United States. Yet the last few years have seen a sharp reversal. In 2016, highway fatalities increased by more than 10 percent over the previous year. Investigators believe that an increase in the prevalence of distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, is a major factor in the overall rise in motor vehicle accidents.
Texting while driving is a violation of Nevada law. Indeed, in the state it is illegal to use any type of handheld device for any purpose while behind the wheel of a car. The Nevada handheld cell phone driving ban of 2011 instituted a $250 fine for motorists caught breaking this rule. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, a $250 fine is a relatively small penalty. Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and it often leads to damages that are far greater. Under Nevada’s comparative negligence rules, texting accident victims can hold the responsible driver legally liable for the full value of their losses.
The act of texting while driving creates an inherently unsafe distraction, and as such, the act is, by itself, negligent. It does not matter if the driver is doing everything else right; it is impossible to text and driving safely at the same time. If a driver was texting and then was involved in a crash, that driver bears at least some responsibility for the crash. There is no way that they could have been fully attentive to the road while also texting. Distraction can lead to many different types of collisions, from distracted drivers hitting a stopped car to them not seeing a yield or stop sign.To make matters even more unnerving, many texting drivers compound the danger of their distraction by doing other things wrong at the same time. For example, the dangers associated with texting are multiplied when the driver is speeding or drinking.
The bottom line is simple: Texting while driving is negligent. It cannot be done safely and there is no excuse for it. The act puts the health and safety of everyone else on the road at risk. That text can almost always wait. In the rare circumstances when drivers do need to respond to an emergency text, then they need to pull over to the side to deal with the issue. If a driver’s texting causes any type of accident, then they can (and should) be held fully liable for the damages of the victims.
Attorney Ramzy Ladah and our team at Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, are prepared to work on any car accident case involving distracted driving. As with all personal injury cases, we are prepared to build the strongest possible case by undertaking rigorous investigation and discovery. Unfortunately, not all at-fault drivers admit that they were texting at the time of the accident. Discovery of this important fact often requires a comprehensive investigation. Our legal team has the skills and experience needed to conduct that type of investigation. We are prepared to subpoena cellphone data logs as necessary to build the strongest possible case and to prove that the other driver was texting while driving. In the event that an insurance company is unwilling to settle for the compensation to which you are entitled, we are ready to go to court to do everything to obtain what you need to fully heal and recover.
Tragically, the victims of texting-related car accidents can sustain truly devastating injuries. These victims deserve full and fair compensation from the negligent party. In the vast majority of auto accident claims, the defendant is represented by an insurance company. Under the law, insurance companies are compelled to pay victims full settlement offers without any undue delay. In reality, obtaining a full recovery from a large insurance company can be challenging. To ensure that it happens, texting accident victims should always work with an experienced Vegas auto accident lawyer. At Ladah Law Firm, we know how to deal with insurance companies. Our auto accident injury team help you and your family seek recovery for:
At Ladah Law Firm, our Las Vegas auto accident attorneys have extensive experience handling texting while driving accident claims. Our lead attorney, Ramzy Ladah takes all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means you will owe an attorney’s fee only if we obtain compensation for you. To set up your free initial consultation today, please call us at 702.252.0055 or reach out to us directly through our website.
…Ramzy took over and he and his staff did just a wonderful job. They got me more money than I thought that I would get… I was just very pleased and would recommend them to anyone else.