Don’t Pay for Another’s Bad Decision to Text While Driving
Texting while driving in Utah is both illegal and dangerous. Because it requires mental, physical, and visual focus, texting is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Yet, it is the most common form of distracted driving. Every hour, 36 collisions are caused by someone using their cellphone, and across the U.S., texting and driving is the leading cause of death for teenagers.If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver was texting and driving, you shouldn’t have to pay for their mistake. At Christensen & Hymas, our attorneys deal with distracted driving accidents on a daily basis.
Not only are our attorneys highly experienced, but they will personally oversee every aspect of your case. We will fight to get you the compensation your deserve for your medical and car expenses, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering as a result of the accident.
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Don’t Let a Texting Accident Ruin Your Life
Texting and driving is against the law in Utah, as it is in 37 other states. Despite this, accidents caused by texting are rampant across America, and the trend is rising. Learn what you can do to combat this trend and to protect you and your family by learning from the experience of a past client and checking out our great resources below.
While waiting at a stop light, Holly’s car was struck from behind by a teenage driver. The young man was texting at the time; he never hit the brakes, but he did hit ‘send.’ Though his attention was diverted for only a split second, that is all the time it took for him to put others in danger. The young man turned his attention back to the road just in time to see the cars stopped in the lane in front of him. He swerved out of the lane to avoid the car in front of him only to slam into the side of Holly’s car. The pain and force of the accident knocked Holly unconscious. As a result of the collision, Holly sustained multiple injuries, including whiplash, a lumbar strain, headaches, and bruising across her head and face. Holly soon became overwhelmed with medical bills and pestering calls from the insurance company. Finally, three weeks following her accident, Holly made the choice to hire the attorneys at Christensen & Hymas to handle her case. During that time, we handled all of the hassle of police reports and insurance claims so Holly could focus on healing. For Holly, her accident had been turned into an ordeal. She suffered extensively for negligent choices she did not make and an accident she could not control—but she never had to stand alone. We were there for Holly through her rehabilitation and recovery, providing service with integrity and compassion and finally winning a substantial settlement for Holly.
Utah considers it a serious offense when you text and drive, especially if someone gets hurt or killed as a result of your distraction and carelessness. Utah law does not allow drivers to use handheld devices, including tablets, Ipads, Kindles, and yes, cell phones. Learn more about what is and is not legal regarding cell phone use on Utah roads as well as the penalties for texting and driving by clicking the link above.
In a recent survey, the CDC found that over 30% of drivers admitted to using their cell phone to send a text or email within the last month. There’s no doubt about it, the use of cell phones on the road is quickly becoming a nationwide practice. But, despite its commonality, texting and driving is deadly. Every day, nine people die as a result of distracted driving. In fact, nearly one in every four accidents in the U.S. involve the use of cell phones. Learn more about this growing epidemic by clicking the link above.