Cell phones have changed the way we live, work, and play. They offer convenience and knowledge at the push of a button or the swipe of a finger. They have changed the way we communicate, too: rather than hope to catch someone when they are free, we can simply send a text to be read at the recipient’s leisure. Unfortunately, this progress has come at a price, and some people make the very poor decision to text while they are driving. Studies have shown that this can actually be more dangerous than drunk driving, and, sadly, many people lose their lives each year because someone else was texting and driving.
Texting behind the wheel is negligence
If someone close to you lost his or her life due to a driver who was texting and driving, we should talk today. You may very well have a strong case for a wrongful death suit against that person. Simply put, texting and driving is negligent behavior, and can lead to liability for the outcome of that action.
Negligence is a breach of a duty to act (or refrain from acting). In the context of texting and driving, operators of motor vehicles have an affirmative duty to conduct themselves in such a manner as to decrease the likelihood of an accident. Texting and driving is a breach of the duty that a driver has to everyone else on the road, and it can be grounds for a wrongful death action.
Come talk with us
At Singer & O’Neil, we have experience with negligent actions and the suits that can arise when one person breaches his or her duty to another. You don’t have to endure this situation on your own, and you don’t have to try to figure out how you are going to make it from here.
If someone was texting and driving, and you lost someone close to you as a result, we should talk. We are here to help you, and we know what to look for in a situation such as this one. We want to help you recover all of the expenses you suffered as a result of the negligent action. What’s more, we may be able to help you recover for the wages that your deceased love one will never earn because of the negligent acts of another driver.
Call us, or send us an email today.