Don’t be a Distracted Driver

Turn on the news any given day and you will hear about a car accident or another state that has passed a “No Texting While Driving” ban.

Accidents caused by distracted driving are a common occurrence. While everyone knows that cell phones and GPS devices can cause you to be distracted while driving and potentially result in a car accident, do you recognize external distractions?

The most common form of distracted driving is distraction caused by texting, talking, or otherwise using a cell phone or media device. While you may think you are only diverting your attention away for a second and it’s no big deal, your inattention may cause an accident.

Another cause of distracted driving may be outside noise or distractions. Driving with your windows down could potentially cause an accident. The windows may cause papers to fly around or bugs to enter in the vehicle. The noise from a crowd outside a vehicle may also cause distractions.

Heated discussions can also divert your attention. It is important to recognize that when you are talking with your children or significant other you may become so focused on the heat of the moment that you lose sight of what is happening on the road.

Lastly, eating, drinking, and applying makeup are major causes of distracted driving. If you are hungry, pull over and eat. If you are putting on makeup, do it before you get behind the wheel.

A distracted driver can be due to many things. Taking your eyes off the road for even the shortest period of time can cause an accident. Avoid distracted driving at all costs.

If you or someone you know has been in a South Carolina car accident involving a distracted driver, call us at 803-252-4800.   The South Carolina Accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Sender of Text to Distracted Driver Being Sued

A pending court case in New Jersey may determine whether there are legal consequences for texting someone when they’re behind the wheel.

In 2009, Kyle Best hit a couple on their motorcycle while responding to a text sent by Shannon Colonna. The couple both lost their left legs and have not only brought a suit against Best, but have also included Colonna in the complaint for her role in the injury.

Texting while driving is already illegal in 38 states. Now, this precedent-setting case could determine if the person on the other side of the text message is just as responsible as the distracted driver.

The couple’s lawyer, Stephen Weinstein, told ABC News that while Colonna may have not been physically present, she was still electronically present.

However, Colonna’s lawyer argues that she had no control over when Best decided to read the text message and did not even know he was driving.

According to a deposition, Best said that at the time of the crash he glanced down at his cell to see who texted him, but a time sequence of the exchanged texts read in court show he was the last to text before the crash, meaning there was no intervening text from Colonna between Best’s last text to her and his 911 call.

Colonna’s attorney argues that, unlike a passenger who encourages a young driver to speed or ignore traffic signals, Colonna had no control over Best’s actions since she wasn’t in the car.