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VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS - Cell Phone and Texting

Cell Phone and Texting Accidents

Drivers shouldn't text or talk on their cell phones or use other handheld devices while driving. Yet, despite a statewide law banning cell phone use behind the wheel, accidents happen every day due to a drivers' use of a cell phone or other electronic device.  Examples of careless driving caused by cell phone use include:

  • Texting
  • Failing to pay proper attention to upcoming dangers because of distractions caused by cell phones
  • taking the eyes of the road to dial a phone number or when reaching or searching for the phone
  • driving with only one hand or no hands on the steering wheel
  • Paying more attention to the conversation than to the road

According to the CDS (Center for Disease Control), each day in the United States, more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver .  Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

While  any distraction can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of  the above listed distractions.

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 28% of all traffic crashes – or at least 1.6 million crashes each year – involve drivers using cell phones and texting. NSC estimates that 1.4 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and a minimum of 200,000 additional crashes each year involve drivers who are texting. Approximately 1% of drivers at any one time are either talking or texting on their phone which increases the risk of crashing by 8 times.

Distracted Drivers Are as Dangerous as Drunk Drivers

Research has shown that a person using a cell phone while driving has an impaired reaction time similar to that of a person who is legally intoxicated. When using a cell phone, a driver must take his or her eyes of the road for several seconds to type a text message or dial a number. If traffic stops suddenly ahead, the driver may not be able to brake in time to avoid crashing into the car ahead.

How Pirrone and Pirrone Can Help You

If you have sustained an injury, you should hold the negligent parties responsible for any loss of income and medical expenses. At Pirrone and Pirrone our attorneys represent clients throughout the state injured through the carelessness of other drivers. We can help you understand your options after a serious accident and explain the types of compensation available. We will take care of the legal issues for you while recovering from your injuries.  We will stand up for you against any insurance company or anyone else who has caused you harm through no fault of your own.


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You have found the best possible law firm for individuals injured in auto accidents.

Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the complexity of auto accidents and the legalities required for proper and fair compensation. 

The next step is to discuss your accident  and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. 

Do not delay.  Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.   


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