Has a texting driver ever caused an accident for you? What You Can Do
Involvement in any sort of accident is a serious thing, but being hit by a texting motorist is especially traumatic. The legal claims process can be simplified and improved with the help of an expert automobile accident attorney. Please feel free to contact us and speak with one of our lawyers. Call Khan today!
For guidance on moving forward after an accident, please read on.
It’s illegal to text and drive
Except for Montana, which has no restrictions, and Missouri, which only bans texting for drivers under 21, texting while driving is now outlawed in 48 states.
The following federal prohibitions are also in effect to reduce the dangers of distracted driving:
- Texting while operating a government car or a personal vehicle on official government business is illegal for all federal employees.
- While on the job, federal railroad employees are not allowed to use personal electronic devices.
- The FMCSA forbids drivers of commercial vehicles to send or read texts while operating their vehicles.
Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Chemicals Safety Administration have issued bans on commercial drivers and drivers transporting hazardous materials using hand-held cell phones.
Many Americans are still using their phones to text or call people while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 354,400 drivers are talking on their phones or otherwise distracted by them while behind the wheel during daylight hours.
What Do You Do If You Were Hit by a Driver Who Was Texting?
An unexpected collision with any motorist can be a shocking experience. The likelihood of being involved in a collision is something few people actively plan for. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions after learning that the driver who struck you or caused your car accident was texting.
Your emotions may range from anger and sadness to vulnerability and incredulity. While it’s understandable to experience a range of feelings, it’s critical that you use these to your advantage in order to get the support you require. Defending your rights is a waste of time.
There are two urgent matters that demand your immediate attention:
- Go see a doctor!
- Consult a seasoned lawyer if you’ve been in a car crash.
Taking these steps as quickly as possible can help you defend your rights and increase the amount of compensation to which you are entitled.