Texting and Driving Accidents
Let Our Skilled Anchorage Auto Accident Lawyer Help
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of
auto accidents in the United States. One of the reasons people take their eyes off the
road is to look at the phone and either make calls or send and read texts.
People don’t realize how dangerous texting and driving can be. According
to the National Safety Council, people using cell phones while driving
leads to 1.6 million crashes every year. Likewise, these accidents cause
at least 330,000 injuries from texting and driving alone. There are also
an estimated 660,000 drivers who attempt to use their phones while operating
a vehicle at any given time throughout the day.
If you’ve been injured by a driver who was texting and driving, let
us help. The Law Offices of David Henderson is committed to assisting
the victims of car accidents to recover compensation for their medical
costs, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. Our founding attorney,
David Henderson, has nearly 2 decades of experience to offer your case.
Contact us at (888) 295-6566 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case
Why Texting Is Dangerous
The act of texting is not inherently the problem that causes the accident.
The problem is taking one’s eyes and attention away from the act
Anything that takes your attention away from the road presents a potential hazard,
including other activities people do in the car, such as holding conversations
or eating. People think they are capable of multitasking when that isn’t
the case. While you
can do two different tasks at once, studies have shown the brain handles tasks
sequentially between one task and the other. If you’re trying to
text and drive, your brain will focus on actively engaging in texting
while your driving tasks are on standby. This delay between tasks can
be dangerous if you need to react to sudden events that happen around
you. For example, if you are looking down at your phone, look briefly
at the windshield, and notice a car has stopped 10 feet ahead of you,
your brain needs to take seconds to switch back to focusing on driving
and send a signal to your feet to press on the break. While the brain
in an incredibly fast processor, it may not be fast enough to prevent
you from hitting that car.
Texting and Driving Laws
Alaska, like many other states, has made it a punishable offense to text
and drive. In 2008, the Alaska legislature passed
Alaska’s Text Messaging Ban, a bill that actually specifies the illegality of using any portable electronic
devices in vehicles. Depending on the severity of the accident, those
who engage in texting and driving could be convicted of a misdemeanor
or a felony and could face high fines and time in prison. If you were
injured by a texting driver, you would be able to sue them in civil court
to recover damages for any medical bills the damage may have caused. In
order to begin a case, you’ll need the help of a skilled
Anchorage personal injury attorney.
Let Us Fight for Your Compensation
Our experienced Anchorage auto accident attorney has been helping clients
get compensation for their injuries for nearly 20 years. Attorney Henderson
is a highly rated lawyer who has been included on the list of Top 100
Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Let him see how
he can help you in negotiations or in the courtroom.
Call us at (888) 295-6566 to schedule your
free case evaluation today!