A driver must truly be distracted or impaired if they fail to notice a police car with its lights and sirens on as it attempts to pull over another motorist for a traffic stop. Yet recently a Virginia (VA) state police officer was struck from behind while attempting a traffic stop on U.S. 460 near the Sussex-Prince George line.
President Obama called distracted driving, “an epidemic” and signed an executive order banning all federal workers from texting while driving. Despite numerous laws and safety campaigns about texting while driving some people continue to do it with no regard to other’s safety. As a Virginia Beach car accident attorney as well as a resident I have personally seen drivers staring at their phones instead of the road all over Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency reports that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent -- when traveling at 55 mph -- of driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded. So dangerous in fact that texting while driving a vehicle has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers.
As long as people continue to break the law and injure other’s with their negligence we will continue to fight for the victim’s rights such as:
- Medical bills and the ongoing cost of care. Many car accident victims need ongoing physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, special medication, reconstructive surgery, or the need for ongoing, around-the-clock care.
- Loss of wages and loss of future earnings. Serious injuries prevent car accident victims from returning to work during their recovery. Sometimes the injuries are so serious that the victim is no longer able to continue in their field of work or work at all