Driving While Texting

Injured by a distracted driver?

Were you injured by a distracted driver? Driving while texting is one of the most alarming forms of driver distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), an estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes at the hands of a distracted driverd in 2012. Since advances in cell phone technology have changed the way we communicate outside of our homes and offices, and on the road, we have seen a major increase in accidents caused by driving while texting in recent years.

At Sawl Law Group, we have more than 40 years of combined legal experience; over the past 15 years alone, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we can help you too. If you were injured by a driver who was engaging in this dangerous form of driver distraction, we urge you to contact a Fresno personal injury attorney from our firm for aggressive legal representation.

Information on Distracted Driving

Why is texting while driving so dangerous? Texting is dangerous because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction all at once. The activity of driving requires that drivers are alert, aware of their surroundings, and free of distractions. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts the driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. While all distractions have the potential to endanger driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety, the most dangerous form of driver distraction is driving while texting.

Distracted driving facts provided by the NHTSA:

  • At 55 mph, texting is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.
  • 16% of distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.
  • At any given moment, more than 660,000 vehicles are being operated by someone who is using a hand-held cellular phone.

Contact Sawl Law Group to Protect Your Rights

In California, there is a handheld ban for all drivers, and a ban on texting while driving for all drivers. Unfortunately, many drivers elect to break the law and text while driving anyways, and often to the detriment of other drivers and passengers who share the road.

If you were injured in a car accident where the other driver was texting, we urge you to contact our firm for help. Not only do we offer free consultations, but we are willing to work out flexible payment options depending on a client's circumstances.

You deserve the best legal representation available, and nothing should get in the way of that. Give us a call today to find out how we can help – we look forward to hearing from you!