On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Friday, May 8, 2015.
There is no question that the prevalence of cellphones has changed the way that people communicate with each other. The popularity of texting means that in many cases phones are used for that rather than talking. While there may be many situations where texting makes it possible to communicate with another when calling would not be appropriate, there are also situations where texting should be avoided such as when one is driving. A Minnesota teen knows that all too well.
The young woman was behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck another car last summer, seriously injuring a 15-month old boy who was in the car. The boy had surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a serious head injury. Months following the crash he is still taking anti-seizure medication and has not completely recovered.
Just before the collision occurred, the woman read a text. She then began to make a left turn and struck the car that was coming toward her.
In an effort to minimize the number of these types of incidents that occur in the future, the woman is sharing her story.
The issue of distracted driving is one that impacts drivers throughout the state. According to the director of Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety in 2014 distracted driving was involved in close to 17,000 crashes. In those crashes more than 50 people died.
Following a crash that is the result of distracted driving it is possible that the individual who is hurt could pursue financial compensation via a personal injury lawsuit.