Ever since the introduction of mobile devices, which only grow more popular with each passing year, distracted driving has become an epidemic. Studies show that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in car accidents caused by distracted driving, resulting in serious injury and wrongful death.
In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted driving was the cause of 18% of all fatal car accidents. Even more unsettling is the fact that texting while driving makes an accident 23 times more likely.
One reason why texting while driving is so dangerous is the fact that it involves all three modes of distraction:
- Manual – Taking your hands off the steering wheel.
- Visual – Taking your eyes off the road ahead of you.
- Cognitive – Actively thinking about something other than driving.
In the state of Ohio, texting is prohibited by law for all drivers, and cell phone use is prohibited for drivers under 18 years old.
If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has died in a car accident caused by a texting driver, you deserve justice and compensation for your losses. Please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio car accident attorney.