Distracted Driver and Texting Accident

The experienced help you need after a distracted driver accident

It only takes a second — a driver glances away from the road and traffic suddenly stops, a car changes lanes or a pedestrian crosses the street. No matter the situation, distracted driving can have serious, even deadly, results.

Consider the following:

  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
  • According to Injury Facts 2015, the National Safety Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, distracted driving is the third cause of road fatalities, right behind alcohol and speeding.
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. (NRS), our attorneys understand how you feel after being injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver. A sudden, unexpected accident can leave you injured and suffering, with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages and even a loss of future earnings. NRS strives to help you recover the money you need to compensate you. With more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the skills you need to get the results you deserve.

Distracted driving in Ohio

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 5,474 people killed in crashes involving distracted driving, and an estimated 448,000 people injured. Distracted driving includes any type of activity that takes your focus away from driving and the road ahead of and around you. Common types of distracted driving include:

  • Texting
  • Using cell phones
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Attending to children or pets
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Watching videos
  • Using a GPS
  • Reading, including maps
  • Grooming, including shaving and applying makeup

Ohio cell phone and texting laws

In many states, the use of cell phones while driving is now illegal or limited. However, in Cleveland and across Ohio we have no laws against cell phone use or texting while driving. Although texting while driving is not illegal, a driver who causes an accident because he or she was texting instead of watching the road may be held liable for any injuries or property damages caused.

Contact an experienced auto accident lawyer at NRS today

An accident caused by a distracted driver can be devastating, but by following these important steps after a car accident, you can maximize the chances that your case will be successful. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to a lawyer at NRS right away. Our attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form.

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