Texting & Driving Accidents
When a car is traveling at top speed, it travels the length of a football field in the time it takes to glance down and check a text message. So, it’s no wonder that texting while driving has become notorious as a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents.
At the Law Office of Andrew R. Schwing in New Orleans, we represent people who have been injured by distracted drivers for text while driving. Our focus is on holding them accountable for the harm they cause. There are two reasons we do this: It sends a clear message that texting behind the wheel is not okay. It also helps people who have been seriously hurt by the negligence of others.
Texting and Driving: Spotting the Signs and Proving it in Court
If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s unlikely that the other driver will tell you they were texting and driving. Sometimes, drivers confess. They admit to looking at the phone “for only a second” or “just to check directions.”
But most of the time, the proof is in the phone records. Your attorney can obtain the other driver’s phone records to see if the phone was in use at the time of the accident. If it was, we can use the records as evidence of distracted driving.
If you suspect that a driver was distracted behind the wheel, tell your lawyer. Someone might have been distracted behind the wheel if you or a witness noticed they:
- Swerved in and out of lanes
- Sped up and slowed down erratically
- Ignored traffic signals
- Were speeding or driving too slowly for the speed of traffic
- Failed to see stopped traffic
The Law on Texting and Driving Accidents
Texting while driving is illegal in Louisiana. The fines for a first-time offense can be up to $500. And they increase for a second offense. Still, people text behind the wheel.
Texting while driving also violates the legal duty that drivers have to operate their vehicles safely. When drivers fail to operate their vehicles safely and cause harm because of it, they can be held accountable under personal injury law.
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