With technology literally right at our fingertips every waking minute, it can be hard to resist a quick text or cell phone call while behind the wheel. With temptation, as we know can also come danger. An epidemic of distracted driving has resulted in more accidents all over the country. South Carolina is not excluded. I have several recent cases where my client’s suffered serious injuries because a negligent driver who caused the accident while text messaging. From a lawyer’s perspective, phone records are evidence that will be used against the at fault driver in an accident case. Phone records show if and to whom a driver was speaking or texting when the accident occurred. This means that if you cause an accident while texting and driving, it almost certainly will be used against you in a subsequent personal injury case.
At least four states have passed or pending legislation that poses serious fines for driving while texting (DWT). I watched a video on YouTube yesterday that is quite disturbing and graphic, but certainly will drive the point home of the dangers of distracted driving. I’ve posted the link here, but just a warning, this video is not for everyone, and I certainly do not advocate young children watching it. By way of background, this is from a UK public service commercial, filmed by students showing a deadly accident caused by a driver while under the influence of text messaging behind the wheel.