Texting & Driving Injury Attorney
Supporting Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents in Boulder & Longmont
The technological advancements we enjoy every day are our detriment on
the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
using a cell phone while driving creates enormous potential for deaths
and injuries on U.S. roads. In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in
motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The laws in Colorado
regarding cell phone use while driving strive to keep our communities
safe, but you cannot guarantee that they are being strictly followed by
everyone on the road.
Colorado Laws Regarding Texting and Driving
Adult drivers, the age of 18 and older, are permitted to use their cell
phones for voice calls but not texting or for browsing apps or the internet.
Any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using their cell phone
for any reason while driving. The only exceptions to these laws fall under
emergency situations. In attempts to discourage and prevent drivers from
distracted driving, there are tough penalties associated with violating
- Minors caught texting while driving will be given a $50 fine for their
first violation and a $100 fine for any additional violations after that.
- Adult drivers will be given a steeper fine of $300 for their first violation,
and fines up to $1,000 with the possibility of jail time for additional
violations; especially ones that result in bodily injury or proximate
cause of death to another.
In addition to the penalties mentioned above, distracted drivers can be
held legally responsible for any harm or injuries to you after an accident
they’ve caused. It can be difficult for personal injury victims
to prove the other party’s negligence in their case when fighting
for fair compensation to help them recover. This is why you need an experienced
attorney on your side who understands the proper processes for gathering
evidence to help you secure a successful claim.
Texting While Driving Is Distracted Driving
Using your cell phone to text while driving is one of the most dangerous
forms of distraction. It incorporates all three types of distractions
as identified by the CDC:
- Visual (taking your eyes off the road),
- Manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and
- Cognitive (taking your mind or focus off the road).
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, on average, distracted
drivers cause 40 accidents per day in Colorado alone.
The most common type of distracted driving accidents that include texting
and driving are rear-ended collisions. And when your vehicle has been
struck by another, it’s a horrifying and helpless feeling. The damages
you could suffer vary in range from physical to emotional, minor to life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has been the recent victim of a car accident in
the Loveland or Boulder area, call an experienced Colorado personal injury
attorney to help you find your road to recovery.
Common Injuries of Texting and Driving Accidents
There’s no doubt that distracted drivers have a much higher chance
of causing an accident on the road. When you’re involved in a collision
with someone who is texting and driving, it is highly unlikely you will
be able to walk away without any damages to your vehicle or sustaining
some type of bodily injuries. Some of the most common injuries seen after
these types of accidents include:
- Head Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Bleeding
If you are suffering from injuries after an auto accident, your eligibility
for compensation can only be determined after the careful review of a
number of different factors. You need an experienced attorney on your
side to fully understand your rights to a personal injury claim, and to
collect the evidence necessary to secure a successful claim if applicable.
Brighton area attorney Ed Smith can be the legal advocate you need to
help you through these processes during the aftermath of an accident.
“We Were Rear-Ended By An 18-Wheeler and Hired Ed to Help Us.”- Brooke Johnston
“He took care of everything which was a big relief. I got a settlement that was way more than what I expected.”- David B.
“For any other person seeking to redress a personal injury case, I couldn't recommend anyone higher for your consideration than Mr. Edward Smith, Esquire.”- Charlotte M.