Chattanooga Texting While Driving Accidents
Cell phone usage is responsible for an estimated 25% of all automobile accidents every year, and texting while driving contributes to a considerable number of those cell phone-related crashes. Despite strong media campaigns to alert Tennessee drivers of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, Tennessee has seen a steady increase in texting while driving accidents since 2007. To put numbers into perspective, in 2007, there were 10,347 reported distracted driving accidents, whereas in 2016, the figure jumped to 24,754. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz represents victims of auto accidents in the Chattanooga area, and we are available 24/7 to speak with you about your potential claim. For a free consultation with a Chattanooga car accident attorney, call NST today.Texting While Driving Accidents in Chattanooga and Surrounding Areas
Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone to read or send a written message. Doing so could result in a misdemeanor, fine, and mandatory enrollment in a driver’s education course. Moreover, if you were in a wreck and you can prove the other driver was texting, that driver could be held liable for the injuries you sustained in the crash.
Two theories can be used to establish the defendant driver’s negligence in Tennessee. First, under general negligence principles, you will need to prove the defendant owed you a duty to drive safely, breached that duty, that the breach caused the accident to occur, and you suffered damages as a result. Second, under negligence per se, you may establish negligence by showing that the texting driver violated a law that was created to protect you, the violation of that law caused the accident to occur, and you suffered damages as a result of that violation.
For purposes of illustration, let’s say you were traveling down Carter Street after a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football game when a car suddenly pulled out in front of you. Several witnesses noticed that the at-fault driver was texting and not paying attention to oncoming traffic when he failed to yield and struck your car because he was distracted. Here that driver could be found liable for the collision under theories of negligence and negligence per se. For instance, it may be established that the at-fault party failed to act reasonably by texting and caused the collision. Witness testimony could support negligence per se, as they saw him violating Tennessee’s texting while driving law at the time he pulled out in front of you. Following a wreck, it is important to immediately contact the police, and if an injury was sustained, to contact medical help as well. The police will be able to investigate the accident, identify all witnesses, and issue citations. The Chattanooga Police Department can be reached at 423-698-2525.Retain a Chattanooga Lawyer Today
Texting while driving often leads to serious accidents that are difficult to recover from. Many times, texting while driving accidents come in the form of head-on collisions, side swipe impacts, and T-bone crashes. It is common for a victim to suffer injuries ranging from soft tissue injuries such as neck or back pain to more severe injuries such as broken bones or paralysis. For over 30 years, the lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have represented people injured across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call our office at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys. NST is the way to go if you were hurt in a car accident in Chattanooga or Hamilton County.