Your Denver Lawyer for Texting While Driving Accidents
Texting while driving has been the topic of a growing number of news stories over the past several years. It seems that hardly a week goes by without some news of a car accident caused by the driver’s text messaging behind the wheel. Here in Colorado, texting while driving is against the law, and this seemingly harmless action can and does result in terrible car accidents very frequently. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a driver who was texting at the wheel and caused an accident, it is important that you contact a lawyer right away.
One of the experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys from Denver Personal Injury Attorneys is standing by to provide you with a risk-free, cost-free consultation on your case.
What is Distracted Driving?
The CDC defines distracted driving as doing any activity while driving that takes your attention away from the road. Common examples of distracted driving include:
- Sending a text message
- Talking on a cell phone
- Using the navigation system
- Eating while driving
These are just a few examples of increasingly common and dangerous behavior on the road.
Distracted Driving is Illegal in Colorado
While the CDC notes that talking on a cell phone while driving is a common form of distracted driving, Colorado law and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) separate talking on a cell phone from manually inputting information. Adult drivers in Colorado are permitted to use their cell phones for voice calls while driving, however, they are prohibited by law from sending text messages. Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to use their cell phones for any purpose and may be fined or face losing their driving privileges if they do so.
Distracted driving is now in a league with drunk driving in terms of the number of accidents and the severity of the accidents seen every year. There are even public service commercials during prime-time television that attempt to bring light to this issue. If a person has made the decision to text while driving and has injured you or a loved one, it is important that you contact a lawyer to discuss your claim as soon as possible.
The National Highway Transportation Administration is leading a national effort to prevent distracted driving, noting that it is a “dangerous behavior” that led to the death of some 3,142 persons in the US in 2020.
Connect with a Distracted Driving Attorney at Denver Personal Injury Attorneys
Although texting while driving is not the only form of distracted driving, it is becoming more and more common and is prohibited by Colorado law. This makes it very important that you work with a lawyer to review and file your claim. Don’t let the poor choices of another driver hurt you more than they already have to learn more about how we can help, give us a call at (303) 214-4299 or click here to schedule your 100% Free Consultation.