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In the past decade cell phones have become an integral part of nearly everyone’s life. Cellphone provide a way to stay connected to everything going on in businesses, schools and family lives. Dependence on cell phones has increased over the last decade, especially in the last several years, due to the many functions it can perform. A cellphone is now a mini computer, a television, a radio, a camera, an MP3 player and a video recorder. With this increase in technology comes an unfortunate increase in risk. As technology continues to grow, so does the risk of driver inattentiveness, automobile accidents and death.
In 2008, more than a half million people were injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by an inattentive driver. Of those, there were nearly 6,000 fatalities cause by inattention to the roadway. One of the leading causes of automobile accidents is driver inattentiveness, and talking on a cell phone, texting, checking email, and checking Facebook from your cellphone provides an enormous distraction that causes drivers to become unaware of their surroundings.
Some safety experts suggest that texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. While this may seem a little extreme, driver inattentiveness crashes can cause serious and lifelong injuries, permanent disabilities and even death. Whiplash, knee, neck and back injuries, brain and head trauma, are all serious injuries that can be caused by drivers who are using their cellphones while driving.
Due to the increased risk associated with using your cellphone while driving, many states are now looking into laws that either ban or restrict the use of cell phones while driving. Advocates for these laws argue that the focus of driving should be on the road and all of its surroundings, not on cell phones.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to an inattentive driver inappropriately using his/her cell phone,it is important to contact a Colorado personal injury attorney immediately. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and decreased quality of life. A Colorado personal injury attorney will be able to discuss all of your legal options with you to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve after a debilitating accident. If the driver was using a cellphone while driving, they may be found negligent and liable for all injuries and damages that occurred as result of their negligence.
Contact a Colorado Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. The Denver personal injury attorney you select often makes the difference between a settlement that favors the insurance company and a settlement or verdict that is fair and meets your needs.
Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact John R. Fuller, P.C., for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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