Approximately nine people died today nationwide, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to that same study, nearly nine people die and over 1,000 get hurt every day as a result of distracted driving. Annually, more than 424,000 injuries and deaths occur as a result of distracted driving.
What is “distracted driving”? Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver’s attention away from his or her primary task while behind the wheel: driving. Activities which fall under the title of “distracted driving” can range from eating; putting on makeup; changing the radio; or, most recently, fiddling with one’s cell phone.
In Colorado, as of April 2014, it is not illegal for adults to talk on one’s cell phone while driving. However, Colorado does have a law against texting while driving. And now, there is a national campaign through the Department of Transportation to penalize individuals who are caught sending or receiving text messages while driving. The campaign is called “U Drive, U Text, U Pay.”
In a prior post, we discussed the dangers of careless driving. Texting while driving (or even using one’s cell phone while driving) can lead to serious consequences. Many of our clients are hurt by drivers who are using their cell phone and end up causing a collision. In these types of cases, if the insurance company for the at-fault driver is not offering fair market value for our client’s injuries, we will file a lawsuit against the offending driver. And if we’re forced to do that, we will seek punitive damages against the at-fault driver personally for their actions.
We here at Larson Larimer Schneider hope that you or a loved one have not been hurt by a distracted driver. But if you have, please call 303.221.0039 for a free consultation.