As an injury law attorney, I feel it is my duty to educate consumers of the most common dangers and factors contributing to auto accidents. Distracted driving and specifically texting and driving is now receiving substantial attention from the mainstream media. If you follow our blog, we have numerous blogs on this very topic and how the act of texting and driving may be more dangerous than drinking and driving. This week in Connecticut, a teenage driver was arrested for mowing down a 44-year-old jogger with her SUV back in March. She fled from the scene of the accident on March 24, but decided to face the consequences of her actions by turning herself in on May 12th. Finally the authorities can understand how the accident occurred.
Just moments before Kenneth Dorsey was struck by the SUV, the young driver was using the keypad on her cellular phone. Texting while driving is unconscionable. It is quickly becoming the most dangerous activity, taking place on our roadways. Although state governments are quickly outlawing this dangerous behavior, the instances of cellphone-related fatal car crashes are increasing.
Distracted driving killed almost 5,500 people nationwide in 2009. It injured almost 450,000 people. In that year, 16 percent of vehicle related deaths involved drivers who weren’t paying attention to the road. What’s startling is that every American who is legally allowed to drive a vehicle has been warned of the dangers associated with distracted driving. Everyone should know that you can kill yourself or someone else by not paying attention to the road while driving. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to Kenneth Dorsey. The injury law attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are committed to spreading the message of “Put you phone down and drive.”
Kenneth Dorsey’s death is just another tragedy caused by the selfish and careless behavior that is sweeping the nation. Do not text and drive; focus on the road and try to care about the effect that your actions have on others. You do not want to become one of those drivers facing the consequences of causing an accident due to inattention. Not only will you face criminal charges like the teenage driver in Connecticut, you will also be liable for the damage you’ve done.
Being a safe driver protects the people and property sharing the road with you. And it also protects your wallet. The injury law attorneys of Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have represented many severely-injured victims of distracted driving. We’ve seen the damage that a cellphone in the hands of a driver can do, and we are adamant about holding negligent drivers responsible that damage. Further, many jurisdictions are now seeking punitive damages against motorists who willingly engaged in the activity of texting and driving which lead to an accident resulting in physical injury.
Matthew A. Dolman, Esq., is a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney and focuses his practice on serious injury claims throughout the State of Florida. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a personal injury law firm located in Clearwater, Florida. If you been physically injured as a result of the negligence exhibited by another individual or corporate entity, please call the injury law attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free consultation and case evaluation at: (727) 451-6900.
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