Distracted driving behaviors include engaging in any activity that takes your hands off of the wheel, your eyes off of the road, or your mind off of driving. Reading or sending texts, emails, or other types of instant messages is considered to be one of the most dangerous types of distractions because it causes all three types of distraction—manual, visual, and cognitive. To read or send a text message, it is estimated that a driver will travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without ever looking at the road.
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As you can imagine, drivers who are texting can cause serious accidents. Many distracted drivers fail to notice traffic stopped in front of them and slam into the rear of another vehicle. Other texting drivers veer out of their proper lane and can collide head-on with oncoming traffic or can side swipe other vehicles traveling in the same direction.
Texting and driving is against the law for all drivers in the state of Indiana. When a person violates a law and causes an accident, a court will find them automatically negligent. Therefore, in order to recover, a victim must simply demonstrate that the driver was, in fact, texting at the time of the accident. This can sometimes be more complicated than you may imagine, though an experienced car accident lawyer will know how to present evidence of their negligence in your case.
Though almost every driver should be aware of the extreme dangers and illegality of texting while driving, victims suffer injury in distracted driving accidents every day. These victims often face long recovery times for serious injuries and may be left with permanent disabilities.
There is no excuse for dangerous driving behaviors such as texting while behind the wheel. Indianapolis personal injury attorney Merry Fountain is dedicated to helping injured accident victims hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions and recover for their accident-related losses. We offer free consultations, so if you have suffered injury in an accident, please call our office today 888-242-HURT (4878).