Texting While Driving Accidents

The law protects you against text message accidents

Texting while driving accidents have become all too common in the Tri-Cities area. Many states, including Tennessee, have created laws that prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages while driving. But a casual look around any city street or stretch of highway will tell you that the practice is still far too common. Most times, a text message accident involves a rear-end collision in which the distracted driver fails to look up and stop in time. If you or a loved one was involved in a texting accident in Tennessee, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your rights. Meade Injury Law Group is prepared to do all the research of phone records necessary to build a strong case for you if you have been injured in a text message accident. Don’t delay. Call now: (423) 464-7779.

Drivers who text message are a danger to all

Distracted drivers pose a risk not only to fellow drivers but to pedestrians as well, especially in parking lots of sporting events or concerts, where an individual in a crowd may be unable to see an approaching vehicle. Bicycle accidents also may be traced back to a distracted driver who was fiddling with a cell phone. The following factors that might lead a driver to start texting:

  • Late for work or appointments and lets the other party know by texting
  • Stuck in traffic
  • Getting out from a movie or other setting in which the phone was off
  • Leaving work and making plans with friends
  • Trying to get directions or an address on the way to meet someone

There’s no good reason for someone who is operating a motor vehicle to send a text message or read an email. If an accident happens, the driver can be responsible for someone else’s injuries.

Tips to avoid cell phone distraction behind the wheel

Don’t pick up when your cell phone rings; let the incoming calls go to voice mail and check the messages when you’re not driving.
If you do take a call while driving, ask the person to call you back later and hang up.
If you must talk or text, find a safe place to pull over.
Be a good role model for your children and show them that it’s unacceptable to use a cell phone while driving.

Injury victims can rely on a Johnson City car accident lawyer

If the negligence of another driver sending a text message has led to your injury, we can help you pursue justice. Contact us right now: (423) 464-7779. There are no legal fees unless you are awarded damages, and the initial consultation is free.

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