It’s hard to believe that the iPhone is only eight years old.
Introduced in 2007, it has utterly changed personal communications and has led a smartphone revolution that has put the world in our pockets and at our fingertips.
For the most part, it’s been a huge boon and has changed our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined less than a decade ago.
However, that convenience becomes a real problem when we take it on the road.
Like everything though smartphones have downsides and one of the biggest is texting.
Texting has become a huge part of daily life. It’s often more convenient to send a text than to make a call.
Many people text and drive these days and it can lead to tragic consequences – and possibly severe legal action.
Cars are large, heavy machines which move at high rates of speed, certainly compared with the human body and its ability to absorb blows: basically, in a person-to-car crash, the person will lose. Every. Single. Time.
Therefore, anyone who is involved in a traffic accident while texting in a moving vehicle can reasonably expect to held accountable.
One can also expect his insurance company to argue that the negligence is entirely personal.
The awards can be very steep. In Texas, a Texas A&M student was ordered to pay $22 million after killing someone while texting in a car. In Miami, a 2008 fatal accident led to an $8.8 million dollar award. In Georgia, severe injuries led to a $1.5 million dollar award. And closer to home, in Sacramento a woman was awarded $650,000 for the pain and suffering caused by a texting driver.
Clearly the easiest and best thing is to not text and drive, but even if you don’t, you can’t be sure of what the other driver is doing.
If a texting driver, in Sonoma County or the surrounding area, has injured you or a loved one you should speak to an attorney. Our office will be happy to discuss your case and to help you secure proper compensation.