Now more than ever, it seems that drivers are distracted. Considering the wide variety of distractions that can be found on a phone, it’s no surprise that distracted driving, including texting and driving, is on the rise. With every convenience at one’s fingertips, it can be hard to put it all away, not just for teenagers, but for adults as well. According to statistics from the National Safety Council, over 1.6 million crashes each year involved cell phone use. That means that over one in four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
By the numbers, the amount of people injured and killed each year as a result of texting and driving is alarming. According to a recent study by the National Traffic Highways Safety Administration, accidents caused by texting and driving killed 6,482 people in a recent two-year period. This number does not show any sign of dropping, despite laws and many safe driving initiatives. In fact, over 69 percent of drivers admit to using their cell phone while driving.
Preventing wrongful death can be as simple as keeping a phone on silent, put away or, if absolutely necessary to use, used with a hands-free device. But despite the precautions some may take, others simply do not take care to take precautions.
When losing a loved one to someone’s distracted, inconsiderate and reckless driving habits, it can be difficult for a family to emotionally and financially reconcile with such an occurrence. While the situation cannot be reversed, there may still be recourse for the family to seek justice and compensation for funeral costs, medical bills, loss of income and more. Fighting back can contribute to a safer road for everyone.
If you have lost a friend or loved one in an accident caused by texting and driving, contact a wrongful death lawyer who could help. Contact wrongful death attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. today to schedule your initial consultation. Contact online or call 866.523.3121.