As we see more and more accidents result from texting while driving across all modes of transportation, such as cars, buses, subways and even helicopters, as seen in Part A of this Article, negligent drivers will often face legal consequences after the accidents.
This part of the article discusses the dangers of texting behind the wheel and its legal ramifications.
The helicopter pilot in Part A of this article didn't have a history of safety problems and was regarded as a good, safe pilot by his co-workers.
I am sure the pilot had no intentions of hurting anyone.
As a car and truck accident lawyer who represents many injured victims in distracted driving accidents, I often hear the negligent drivers who were texting while driving say that they had no intentions of hurting anyone.
Further, they often don't think that an accident can happen to them because they are "good, safe" drivers.
The fact of the matter is that taking your eyes off the road for 2 seconds can cause serious and even fatal accidents.
The distracted driver may not be injured in the accident, but they will live with the fact that they destroyed the lives of the injured victim and his/her family. The injured victim may no longer be able to provide for his family because of a traumatic brain injury or other disabling injuries. Therefore, not only are the lives of the innocent injured victims affected, the lives of the victims' families are also affected.
The negligent driver often faces legal consequences. He or she can be sued by injured parties. Further, injured victims can make a punitive damages claim if distracted drivers' actions rise to the level of outrageous or egregious behavior as discussed in the Northampton County, Pennsylvania court case Xander v. Kiss. To read about this case and punitive damages claims in cell phone car accident cases, read our free legal article about the kinds of claims viable in distracted driving accident cases.
If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident and want to know your legal rights, feel free to call Dan O'Brien for a free, no obligation consultation. 877.944.8396
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