Elk & Elk's lawyers assist people injured by texting drivers
Texting while driving in Ohio may be common, but that does not make it safe. In fact, texting while driving increases your chances of an accident by 23 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's distracted driving website Distraction.gov, but despite the serious, permanent and even deadly injuries caused by cellphone use while driving, people continue to do so.
Cincinnati personal injury attorneys with the experience and the resources to protect you
The lawyers at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., have been helping injury victims for nearly 50 years. Our lawyers have the experience and the resources to vigorously pursue the compensation you need after a serious injury. Currently, state laws do not restrict the use of cellphones while driving or many other forms of distracted driving for adult drivers. Ohio did, however, recently enact a law that bans teen drivers from using electronic devices and prohibits any driver from texting while driving. Regardless of the law, texting and cellphone use while driving are dangerous.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by texting, we can help. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. Our technicians know how to obtain the records of distracted drivers and prove that the accident occurred when the driver was texting.
The dangers of texting while driving
Drivers may think that they can pay attention to the road while they send a message, but texting while driving can cause injuries and death. According to Distraction.gov, texting and even talking on a cellphone causes severe distraction, even when you send one quick message.
- It takes about 4.6 seconds to send or read a text message.
- At 55 mph, you can travel more than the length of a football field in 4.6 seconds.
- Texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention.
- If you are focused on a text message, you have only minimal awareness of the road.
This means that for every text that is sent or read while driving, someone could have driven the length of a football field without noticing anything in their surroundings.