Texting and Driving Update

TEXTING AND DRIVING, PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS WILSON & HAJEK

Our law firm focuses on accidents and providing personal legal advice to seriously injured persons in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties and cities of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Madison, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Louisa.

Our attorneys represent persons injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Many of the personal injury accident cases that come to our offices in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville, Virginia involved alcohol related car accidents. Lately, we have seen an increase in the number of cases involving cell phone use, with a particular danger associated with texting while driving. Texting and driving is dangerous. Texting and driving is fast overtaking alcohol as the #1 cause of car accidents and serious personal injuries.

A local television reporter recently aired a video of the reporter riding with a state trooper in an unmarked police car. The video recorded drivers on the highway texting while driving and the trooper could not pull them over. Texting is a secondary offense in the State of Virginia. If the texting driver started swerving from lane to lane, the trooper would pull the car for reckless driving as the initial violation, and issue a texting while driving ticket as a secondary violation. The trooper commented that texting and driving is a dangerous problem causing inattention and swerving by drivers which leads to serious car accidents and serious personal injuries.

Some eye opening facts:

a. Eighty percent (80%) of car crashes and sixty-five percent (65%) of car crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three (3) seconds of the incident;

b. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American drivers admit to texting behind the wheel. (Some probably would not admit);

c. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of American adults think sending text messages or emails while driving is distracting, dangerous and should be outlawed.

This is a problem among teens and adults alike. This dangerous act which causes car, truck, and motorcycle accidents is more prevalent among teens. However, forty-seven percent (47%) of adults admit to texting while driving. Statistically, the mix of driving and texting is extremely dangerous and the reality is accidents and injuries. However, many people consider texting to be a key aspect of their social lives and are willing to ignore the dangers of serious accidents and injury.

Hopefully, this post will make you aware of the ever increasing dangers of serious car, truck, and motorcycle accidents caused by texting while driving. Should you suffer a serious injury cause by a texting driver in a car accident, the Virginia Beach and Charlottesville based law firm of Wilson & Hajek can help with your claim. Call us toll free at (877) 222-1588. You can also contact us through our website

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

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