Omaha Texting & Driving Lawyer

The day Apple released its first iPhone model, we reached a new age in technology.  While texting had played a large role in cell phone communication for years prior to this point, many cell phone companies implemented steep fees for text messages.  The iPhone changed the face of cell phone communication, including that of texting and mobile internet use.  It seems so long ago now to think back on days when we could not look up an address on our Maps app with a few presses of a button, or respond to a text from a family member during an important meeting.  The evolution of cell phones have brought all this technology to a hand held device, but have also brought dangerous conditions to roadways around the country.

Cell Phone Use Statistics

In 2013, approximately 150 people in Nebraska were involved in car accidents due to cell phone use.[1]  While there were no fatalities due to distractions from cell phone use in 2013, there have been 7 fatalities in the past 12 years due to cell phone distractions.  Nationwide, teenagers have been found as more likely to be involved in car accidents due to texting and driving.  While the number of accidents caused by teen drivers and cell phone use only represented approximately 25% of all accidents in Nebraska, this is still a large amount considering the total teenage population in Nebraska.  Teenagers are more apt to check their phone and do not have the experience to understand that other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists can appear out of nowhere on roadways.  Accidents caused by texting and driving are often devastating because these accidents are so easily preventable.

Texting and Driving Repercussions

While many states, including Nebraska, have implemented laws that ban texting and driving, it still occurs on a daily basis.  One of the best ways to counter this rising trends is to hold all drivers accountable for their actions if they cause an accident while texting and driving.  As the victim of a car accident caused by texting and driving, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, including the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

While the financial impact of car accidents caused by texting and driving is often easy to calculate and estimate, the emotional burden of these accidents requires a different method of calculation.  Car accidents often do not solely impact your physical health, but may lead to lasting psychological fears which are often difficult to put a dollar amount on.  An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to more fully walk you through these figures and come to an amount which will compensate you for your physical and psychological injuries.

It is important to speak with an attorney shortly after your accident and to avoid speaking with the responsible party’s insurance agent.  The insurance company is in the business of saving money through not paying out accident claims, and as a result will often attempt to coerce you into signing a settlement claim.  While the settlement claim may appear enticing in the moment since it represents immediate compensation, it will likely only cover a small fraction of your injuries, and will not include any injuries that are not readily available to be calculated.  Signing an insurance claim settlement may also diminish your opportunity to bring a personal injury claim in the future.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by texting and driving, do not hesitate to contact the Knowles Law Firm.   Our attorneys have years of experience in handling all types of car accident cases, including those relating exclusively to texting and driving.  Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] http://www.transportation.nebraska.gov/nohs/pdf/cellphonealldvrs.pdf