Nashville Texting While Driving Accidents
Motor Vehicle Wreck Lawyers Serving Victims Injured in Nashville
4.6 seconds. 4.6 seconds is all it takes to travel the entire length of a football field while traveling 55 miles per hour. Why is 4.6 seconds important? That is the average time it takes to read or send a text message. Texting while driving accidents are becoming an epidemic with an average of 660,000 drivers using electronic devices at any given point each day. In Tennessee, distracted driving accidents increased almost 140% between 2007 and 2017. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Nashville car accident attorneys are ready to work with you today to guide you through the complexities of an auto accident claim and fight for the compensation you are entitled to recover for your injuries.
Protecting Your Rights Aftera Texting While Driving Accident
After an injury with a careless driver, Tennessee law states a car wreck victim will have one year from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit in the appropriate court or reach a settlement with the other party. Failure to do either within the applicable statute of limitation can block any chance of recovery the victim may have against the at-fault party. It is important to contact a lawyer who handles car accident cases in the Nashville area immediately following an accident so that steps can be taken to preserve evidence, contact witnesses, and otherwise investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision. In-depth discovery, including subpoenaing cell phone records, may be needed to prove the distracted driver caused your wreck by texting while driving.
Recovering compensation for medical bills, physical therapy costs, surgery, lost wages, and other damages often depends on proving another driver’s negligence. In the State of Tennessee, it is illegal to send a text message while operating a vehicle. Thus, evidence of texting while driving can be used to show how a defendant breached a duty owed to you to drive safely and act in a prudent manner. If the other driver is cited by police for texting while driving or if witnesses saw the defendant texting, negligence per se may be used to establish your claim and shift the focus of the case to your damages.
To successfully invoke the doctrine of negligence per se, it must be established that that the defendant driver violated a statute or ordinance which imposes a duty or prohibits an act for the benefit of a person or the public. Next, the victim must be within the class of persons whom the legislative body intended to benefit and protect. Last, it must be demonstrated that the victim suffered injuries directly resulting from the driver’s violation of the statute. Following a wreck, the defendant’s insurance carrier may contact you to obtain your version of events. Before providing a statement, you should obtain legal representation of your own who can properly advise you of your rights.
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Texting while driving is now considered just as dangerous as drunk driving. Both can cause lapses in judgment and often result in tragic accidents. It is common for texting while driving accidents to leave those involved with paralysis, loss of a limb, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, or even loss of life. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our auto accident attorneys understand the impact a wreck can have on the lives of you and your loved ones, and we are here to help. We represent people injured across Tennessee as well as those injured in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment. NST is the way to go.