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Legal protections for victims of texting and driving

by | Dec 14, 2018 | Car Accidents |

This blog recently discussed the severity of distracted driving accidents and the serious danger they pose. Texting while driving can lead to serious car accidents for victims that can result in significant harm to them and their families.

Negligent drivers who cause harm to others by texting while driving or other means may be liable to compensate the victims for their damages. Damages can include compensation for medical expenses, future medical costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages. Damages are intended to help victims with the physical, financial and emotional harm associated with an unexpected car accident.

Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines manual distraction, visual distraction and cognitive distraction and is usually prohibited by law in one form or another according to distracted driving laws in each of the states. When a distracted driver injures victims in a car accident, a citation or criminal charge may be used as evidence of negligence. Distracted driving includes a whole host of unsafe driving behaviors including texting while driving and otherwise operating a cell phone while driving.

A car accident caused by a negligent driver can have devasting consequences for victims and their families which is why it is so important for them to be familiar with their legal rights and options. The legal process provides resources and remedies to protect victims and help them with their damages as they endeavor through the recovery process following an unexcepted car accident.