As I was driving in the car today, I heard a radio commercial about texting while driving. It was a man who hit 3 children as he was texting “I love you.” The children tragically died in the pedestrian car accident. The man said that it seemed to be unreal, like he was in a dream.
What he said reminded me of a case where we represented a man who was critically injured as a result of a distracted driving accident in PA. The other driver was texting while driving.
The driver at fault had just gotten her license a week before and was on her way to her after school job. She was trying to negotiate a curve while texting. She swerved to the shoulder and tried to get back on the road. She then overcompensated and her car went into the lane of oncoming traffic. As a result, she hit my client’s truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. My client’s truck hit a telephone pole and overturned several times before coming to a stop. My client suffered a traumatic brain injury which changed his life forever. He could no longer work due to his cognitive impairments from the brain injury. He had memory problems and frequent mood changes. He also suffered catastrophic orthopedic injuries in his neck. Though he made significant strides in his recovery, he will never be 100%.
When the negligent teen driver was deposed at her deposition, she was sincerely sorry and said that she had no intention of causing the car accident. It seemed so surreal to her when the accident happened, as if she was in a dream.
Though she was the defendant in my client’s case, I had tremendous sympathy for her. Here she was, a young teen who had no intentions of hurting anybody, but caused this life changing accident for her and my client. Now, she is going to live with the guilt of causing a car accident, which was preventable, for the rest of her life.
I believe that most of the distracted drivers who text or talk while driving have no intentions of hurting anybody or causing a serious accident. They probably don’t think that an accident will happen to them until it is too late, or the drivers are young and inexperienced and do not realize the dangers of texting while driving like the teen driver in my client’s case.
If you or a loved one was in a car accident caused by a distracted driver who was texting while driving, feel free to contact the PA car accident lawyers at White and Williams to discuss your case. Daniel J. O’Brien and his team offer a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396
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