Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey Articles Distracted Driving Garners More Attention and Stiffer Penalties

Distracted Driving Garners More Attention and Stiffer Penalties

By Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey  Jun. 22, 2013 4:40p

A Portsmouth woman was arrested recently after crashing her vehicle. The driver, 23-year-old K.H., was traveling on Elwyn Road when she hit a mail box, a newspaper box and then crashed into a pole. Luckily, she and her passenger received only minor injuries. Authorities investigating the crash interviewed the driver and passenger and discovered that K.H. had been checking her Facebook account while operating her car. She was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor negligent driving. She was given a $250 fine and a 30-day driver's license suspension after pleading guilty at her circuit court appearance.

Texting while Driving and Other Reckless Behavior Can Result in Severe Injuries

Distracted driving has become an increasing problem across the nation in the last decade or more. If you were hurt in a car crash or other injury accident because a driver was using a handheld device then you should get the help of a personal injury lawyer. Texting while driving, checking email, using Facebook and sometimes even watching videos on a smart phone or other such device while driving a vehicle weighing two tons or more has resulted in tragic consequences.

A driver who takes his or her eyes of the road for even a few seconds to read or send a text may travel a hundred yards or more. A crash involving a pedestrian, bicycle rider, motorcycle, car or truck could easily occur during that time—all too often with devastating results. Such accidents are clearly the result of careless and reckless behavior. Even if there was other fault involved in an injury accident, it is possible that the incident could have been less severe or avoided altogether had another driver not been distracted by their cellphone.

Get the Compensation You Need to Recover

A car crash can mean painful injuries or death. You may have overwhelming medical bills and be unable to work while you recover. A personal injury attorney on our team at Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey may be able to obtain compensation on your behalf to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning potential, property damage, pain and other damages. We understand how frustrating it can be to be injured because someone else acted negligently. Proving negligence can be a complicated process but we have the skill and drive to accomplish what is needed to give our client the best result possible. Please contact our firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

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