All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, but an increasing concern is the use of cellphones while operating a vehicle, and particularly texting. Texting while driving is fast becoming a leading cause of serious car accidents nationwide. Our Phoenix distracted driving accident attorneys at Torgenson Law have firsthand knowledge of the amount of damage these accidents can cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident believed to have been caused by a distracted driver, contact us today. We will pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses. Call (602) 726-0747 and schedule a free consultation.
There is a risk of a potentially serious or even fatal accident occurring when any type of activity that takes a driver’s focus away from the road, even if for only a second. Distracted driving is categorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into three main types:
Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it encompasses all three of these types of distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the five seconds it takes to send or read a text is similar to having your eyes closed while driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph. Other common causes of distracted driving, are eating or drinking, adjusting the stereo or navigation system, putting on makeup/grooming, reaching for things in the car, and children or pets.
In April 2019, Arizona joined the majority of states, by banning the use of handheld devices while driving. A vehicle or device’s hands-free controls can be used, such as a car’s Bluetooth, an earpiece, or the device’s speakerphone, but one touch of the phone and you’re breaking the law.
Although the law went immediately into effect upon signing, the governor issued a “warning period” until December 31, 2020. Until then, drivers who are caught using a handheld device won’t be cited but will receive a stern warning from law enforcement. Beginning January 1, 2021, citations will be issued. A first-time citation carries a $75 – $149 fine, while subsequent violations consist of a $150 – $250 fine.
A distracted driving accident lawyer can carefully review the details of your accident and offer you advice based on their years of experience. Distracted drivers must be held liable for their negligent actions, but in order to do so, it will require evidence. Phoenix car accident attorneys often work with investigators, who can conduct an accident reconstruction to establish the true cause of the accident and the fault of the distracted driver. They can also collect evidence from the scene of the accident, inspect the vehicles involved, interview witnesses, and possibly obtain cell phone records. All in an effort to prove the driver was distracted, and as a result caused or contributed to the crash, which entitles you to compensation for your losses.