Texting While Driving
Today, the vast majority of Ohio residents own cellphones. Throughout the last decade, as the popularity of cellphones and smartphones has dramatically increased, so too have the number of traffic crashes involving distracted drivers.
It is illegal to text while you are driving in Ohio. It is a “primary offense” for teen drivers under the age of 18 (meaning that a police officer can pull the young driver over for simply observing texting and driving). However, for drivers age 18 and older, a police officer can only cite a driver for texting while driving if he or she is first stopped for another driving violation. Unfortunately, as well, laws against texting while driving do not seem to be effective in deterring drivers from using their phones while they are driving.
Why Distracted Drivers Are Dangerous Drivers
At The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., we have too often witnessed up close the physical and financial devastation that individuals in distracted driving collisions can suffer. Serious injuries lead to long and painful recoveries and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. Loved ones are lost and the devastation that results can last a lifetime.
Whatever the situation, we are committed to helping you recover the compensation and the justice that you need and deserve to make it past this difficult time in your life. Traffic crashes caused by texting drivers can occur anywhere, including:
- Stop lights and stop signs — Drivers who are sending or reading texts are more likely to rear-end other drivers who have stopped.
- Intersections — Distracted drivers are more likely to run traffic lights and stop signs, which may cause T-bone collisions at intersections.
- Highways and freeways — Texting drivers may veer into adjacent traffic lanes or into oncoming traffic.
- Crosswalks and bike paths — Drivers who take their eyes off the road to read or respond to a text may fail to see pedestrians or bicyclists using crosswalks or bike lanes.
An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney On Your Side
Learn more about how The Heck Law Offices, Ltd. can help you obtain justice and a fair settlement for you in your injury or wrongful death case. Call our Mansfield office today at 866-640-7560 to speak with a lawyer or contact us online. We offer free consultations for all injury or wrongful death cases and only charge a fee if we recover compensation for you.