Driving is a privilege that requires drivers to give their time and attention to the road. However, we live in a society where information and technology have become more and more mobile and integrated in our lives. All too often we see motorists talking on their cell phones or texting while driving. In fact, the number one cause of driver inattention is the use of mobile electronic devices. Unfortunately, this inattention then can lead to devastating and fatal accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident where the other driver was distracted, I can help. I am personal injury attorney Matthew Vance and I handle car accident cases for clients from the Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am an aggressive advocate for my clients, whether they are filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim. Careless driving and reckless driving should not be tolerated. Contact my office today to learn more about the representation I provide.
If someone chooses not to put the cell phone down and causes a car accident or truck accident, then he and she will be accountable for the harms caused and may also be liable for punitive damages. These are monetary damages that are a punishment for the wrongs the distracted driver has caused. Punitive damages are issued in addition to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses.
Recent studies have indicated that cell phone use while driving causes a delay in driver reaction time the same as having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08, which is the level at which the law says you are too intoxicated to drive. As drivers, people need to start reminding themselves, it can wait.Other Distractions While Driving
Though most "distracted driving" cases now refer to a driver who was talking on a cell phone or texting, there are other types of distractions that might result in a serious accident. These distractions include:
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup while looking in a mirror
- Reading while driving
- Listening to music with headphones in both ears
- Other people in the car (such as a car full of teenagers)
If you have been injured because someone was talking, texting or otherwise distracted while driving, contact me online or by phone at (505) 242-6267 so I can help. I am an experienced Albuquerque personal injury lawyer that is committed to standing up for your rights after an injury. A free initial consultation is offered. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.