As technology advances, there is more and more that we can do with our phones. Talking, texting, checking emails and even surfing the web are all common uses for a handheld device, and each action is equally as dangerous when being performed from behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Driving a vehicle requires the operator’s full attention to ensure the safety of him or herself, the passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The moment a driver begins handling their cellphone, their eyes are removed from the road, placing them in severe danger until their attention is returned. Imagine, if simply reaching for your phone requires seconds of your attention, how long does it take to send a text message? The answer is, too long. Texting while driving studies are beginning to show that individuals who perform the communicative task while behind the wheel are as dangerous as a drunk driver operating a vehicle.
In the state of Nevada, it is unlawful to operate a cell phone for any purpose without the use of a hands-free device while driving a vehicle. As a result, if you are involved in an accident where the other driver was talking or texting using their cellphone illegally, that person is responsible for the damages incurred.
This legal backing allows those who are injured by distracted drivers who are talking or texting illegally to obtain a compensatory settlement that will cover medical costs, lost wages and the pain and suffering vehicle accidents cause. What’s more is that while technology grows to help people communicate, it can also be used to strengthen you case, as records are available of the times that messages or conversations take place.
Driver Distraction: A Real Problem
Despite the risks associated with texting and talking on cell phones while driving, the CDC reports that nine percent of drivers in the U.S. admit to texting or sending emails while driving “regularly or fairly often.” Another 25 percent of drivers admitted to talking on handheld cell phones “regularly or fairly often” in the United States.
With the frequency involved in distracted driving caused by cell phone usage, individuals are injured far more often in collisions that could be avoided if the vehicle operator would simply put down their phone. When a texting while driving accident occurs, the driver is very much liable for the accident and should be held responsible for his or her actions.
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we work tirelessly to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve because of someone else’s negligence. Whether you are a visitor in the Las Vegas area or have lived here all your life, your rights are protected by our state laws that forbid drivers from operating their cellphones while driving a vehicle.
We will provide you with the legal tools you need to navigate our court system so you have complete confidence in pursuing a case against a negligent driver. Your injuries and the medical bills that result from the accident should not cost you your livelihood. Likewise, your lost wages from missing work should not send you into a financial tailspin when someone else is responsible for your situation.