Bad Texting-While-Driving Accidents That Didn’t Have to Happen
By Space Coast Daily // August 31, 2021
It’s tragic enough to be the victim of a bad automobile crash that wasn’t your fault. It’s quite another thing to be involved in fatal or near fatal crash simply because you were distracted by texting on your smartphone.
In the former you have every right to hire an accident injury lawyer who will bring your case to court to get you the financial compensation you deserve, not only so you can heal without anxiety, but in the case of the death of a loved one, you can grieve without financial stress.
But in the case of the latter, when drivers are seriously injured or killed because they were texting while driving, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Says a recent article on the subject, no matter how many times you’re told how bad texting while is, many still do it anyway. Even with laws on the books preventing the use of cell phones while driving, people willingly break those laws by taking incoming calls. But what’s much worse and riskier to life and limb, is texting.
Here’s the reality of texting while behind the wheel. While it might seem like a harmless maneuver to take a few seconds to read an incoming text, five seconds or less is all it takes to be involved in a fatal vehicular crash. It only takes four or five seconds “to drive the length of a football field.” That said, one out of four automobile crashes are caused by texting while driving.
Just to prove it, here are some tragic texting while driving accidents scenarios that did not have to happen.
Teenager Plows Into The Back of a Tractor
While driving home from her job one night, a teenager tragically died from a car crash that was her own fault. She was said to be taking an alternative route home and was texting a friend. With her eyes glued to her phone rather than the road, she motored straight into the back of a semi-trailer without braking.
By texting while driving, taking your eyes off the road for even a one or two seconds can cause you to miss the driver ahead of you who has come to a full stop. You have no time to react, especially when you can’t see them.
Clearly, this fatal texting while driving accident did not have to happen.
Teen Crashes Pickup Truck While Texting
How long does it take to be distracted so much you crash your vehicle your driving? A fraction of a second. Recently, a teenager from Kansas flipped her pickup truck over while simply typing a single letter into her mobile phone.
The letter is said to have been “k.” The text was not sent and the teen tragically died from fatal injuries a few days later.
Seven-Year-Old Boy is Left Paralyzed by a Texting Driver
A little boy of seven was walking to the park when a woman who was distracted by texting drove into him, dragging him twenty feet along the road. The unfortunate child survived the accident but spent four months in ICU. He is now paralyzed for life in the lower portion of his body.
The driving while texting accident no doubt resulted in a major personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the permanently damaged little boy. This was an accident that did not have to happen.
Texting Teen Drives Under Logging Truck
While texting, a teenager drove across the center of the road and into the oncoming lane where she collided with an “oncoming logging truck.”
While the teen died instantly from the violent vehicular crash, her mother is said to have used the remains of the badly burned and wrecked car to draw attention to the fatal hazards of texting while driving.
Texting While Driving Teen Girl Runs Red Light, Kills Two
A teen girl who was texting while driving caused a tragic accident that resulted in her receiving a sentence of 240 hours of community service. Apparently, she was told at least eight times to stop texting while driving by another passenger in the car. Court records show that the driver refused and even went on to say that she didn’t care if she caused a crash.
While texting, she blew a red light and t-boned a vehicle entering the intersection, killing the male driver along with his ten-year-old daughter. The texting teen was later found guilty of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. She and her three passengers were also badly injured.
Yet another tragic texting while driving story that did not have to happen.