At this point, it seems that plastic surgeon to the stars Frank Ryan died as a result of texting a Tweet about his dog, a border collie named Jill. Police are still investigating, but according to the surgeon’s ex-girlfriend the family was told that the fatal car accident was caused by texting. The surgeon was driving along the famous, curvy cliffside Pacific Coast Highway when his car went off the road, killing him.  Police have confirmed that he had been texting, and, according to an officer on the case, “It is one of the elements that we are investigating.”

Distracted driving, especially text messaging and cell phone use, are the focus of a new campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Studies performed by the NHTSA and others have shown that texting can have as big an impact on driving and reaction time as driving drunk.

The ex-girlfriend says she hopes that others will learn from the accident that “people should not text and drive at all.” And just as many worry more about animals than people in movies, hopefully they will take this accident to heart. Although Jill survived, she suffered serious injuries to her head, eye, and paw.

Distracted drivers endanger not only themselves and their passengers, but everyone else on the road. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss. To learn more, please contact the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack CO, LPA today for a free case evaluation.