Although distracted driving was already a problem decades before smartphones were introduced to U.S. consumers, these mobile devices have significantly increased the risk of distracted driving accidents across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 9 people are killed and 1,000 people are injured every single day because of distracted driving – and texting while driving is considered to be a primary factor in these accidents.
If you or your loved ones have suffered injuries because of a preoccupied driver, our Hawaii texting and driving accident attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston can serve as compassionate counsel for your case. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for victims of car accidents, truck crashes, and other motor vehicle collisions over the last four decades, and our award-winning attorneys will stop at nothing to secure fair compensation for your losses.
Call us at (808) 740-0633 to discuss your texting and driving accident case with an experienced and caring attorney.
How Does Texting Affect Drivers?
It is illegal for drivers to text message in all but two of the U.S. states, and the majority treat texting as a “primary enforcement” matter – meaning that police officers can stop and ticket a driver for that reason alone. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also worked with the Ad Council to create an extensive advertising campaign that targeted texting and driving, after research showed that around 481,000 drivers use handheld devices like smartphones during daylight hours. Additional research performed by the Ad Council also showed that nine in ten Americans know that sending and reading texts while driving is “very dangerous.”
In spite of these efforts, texting while driving has continued to kill thousands of people every year, and it’s estimated that 14% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve smartphone-distracted drivers. Because texting while driving combines all three of the major distraction categories defined by the CDC – cognitive, manual, and visual – this behavior makes it virtually impossible for drivers to react when traffic conditions change.
Is Texting & Driving Always Considered Negligence?
Drivers who choose to ignore their responsibilities and text while driving are not just breaking the law: They may also be civilly liable to pay for your medical expenses, long-term care needs, and other costs after a serious accident. Because texting while driving is both dangerous and illegal, this action will always be viewed as a violation of the driver’s “duty of care.”
Hawaii is considered a no-fault car accident state, which means there is no need to prove fault to receive insurance benefits. However, your personal injury protection (PIP) plan may not always be enough to account for catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, amputation, or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Committed Advocates for Your Claim
When you need to bring legal action against a texting driver, our attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston can help you navigate the process of filing a claim. From negotiating with insurance providers to litigating your personal injury case at trial, we have the skills and resources to demand justice after you’ve sustained serious losses.
Contact us online or call (808) 740-0633 today to schedule your no-cost case evaluation in Honolulu or any of the Hawaiian islands.