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“Where u at?”
These are the final text messages that were sent in three fatal distracted driving crashes highlighted in a public service announcement.
Until we can eliminate distracted driving altogether, you and your loved ones are at risk of being injured in a car crash with an inattentive driver. If you are injured, Bailey & Greer, PLLC will stand by your side to help protect your family and your future. Our skilled Memphis car accident attorneys have secured the futures of families just like yours in and around Memphis, Jackson, and throughout West Tennessee who have been hurt in a distracted driver crash. You can rely on us to protect your goals and needs in a trial or in settlement negotiations.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is a huge traffic safety issue in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nine people are killed and more than 1000 are injured in distraction-related crashes every day. Those numbers are likely under-reported because unless a person admits that being distracted caused the crash, it is not easy to isolate the cause of a crash.
Many people assume that a distracted driver is one who is using his or her cell phone. While cell phone usage is a major contributor, there are many reasons a driver can become distracted behind the wheel. Those reasons can include:
- Navigating with GPS
- Distraction inside or outside of the vehicle
- Interference by a passenger, including children in car seats
- Reading or using a tablet
- Eating or drinking
- Fiddling around with the radio
- Putting on makeup / shaving
- Road rage
Texting behind the wheel is one of the riskiest distractions because it involves a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction. The insidious thing about texting and driving is that many drivers believe that they can drive safely while they are texting. Many Americans have become addicted to texting all the time. When they get behind the wheel and traffic is moving slowly, or if they are on a boring stretch of highway, they might think, “what can it hurt to take a quick look at my phone?” Maybe that is what the driver who caused the deaths of 13 people was thinking when his pickup truck collided with a church van on a rural highway in Texas in May of 2017. His repeated apologies were not going to bring back the people he killed with his thoughtless action of texting while driving. (USA Today)
Tennessee has a problem with distracted driving
Tennessee made texting and driving illegal in 2009 (TN Code Section 55-8-199), yet the number of distracted driving crashes has increased every year since the law became effective. In 2016, 24,743 traffic crashes in Tennessee were distraction-related, and in 2017 there were already 22,700 distracted driving crashes by mid-October. Worse yet, the National Safety Council reports that Tennessee has the highest number of fatal crashes involving cell phones.
What can you do to end distracted driving?
The following tips come from the National Safety Council:
- If you have teen drivers, make a hard rule about not using the cell phone while driving
- Parents can set a clear example by not using a cell phone while they are driving
- Put your phone in drive mode, turn off notifications, and place the phone out of reach and out of sight when you get behind the wheel
- Support stronger legislation in Tennessee that will deter texting and driving
At Bailey & Greer, we know exactly what kind of consequences a distracted driving accident can have on your life: mounting medical bills, the costs associated with car repairs, lost wages, and the stress of being in pain. Our skilled litigators take on the profit-centric insurance companies who put their interests before yours in courtrooms and boardrooms throughout West Tennessee. We fight for your rights and your future. If a distracted driver caused your injuries, we are ready to help.
Help for those who have been injured in distracted driver car accidents
Just a few seconds is all it takes for a distracted driver to cause an accident. Bailey & Greer, PLLC, offers you the advice you need and the rigorous advocacy you deserve after you or your family member suffers an injury in a car crash in West Tennessee. Please call us toll free at 901-475-7434 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment at our Memphis or Jackson office locations.