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Dangers of Texting While Driving

Mar 29, 2012 | Car Accidents

Text messaging while driving is such a major distraction that even AT&T has become alarmed over its growth in our society and the potential for injury or death, says Alabama distracted driving lawyer Keith T. Belt.

If you use a cell phone, chances are you’re aware of “text messaging”—brief messages limited to 160 characters that can be sent or received on all modern mobile phones. Texting, also known as SMS (for short message service), is on the rise, up from 9.8 billion messages a month in December ’05 to 110.4 billion in December ’08 and continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Undoubtedly, more than a few of those messages are being sent by people driving cars.

Take out your wireless device and read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? Chances are, the text message could wait.

In today’s 24/7/365 world, staying connected is no longer an option. It’s a necessity. With a tenfold increase in text messaging over the last three years according to CTIA — The Wireless Association, there is no question that texting is increasingly becoming the way many communicate today. And, for many, the allure to quickly read and respond — even from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle — can be tempting. But texting and driving is extremely dangerous!

If you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident where the operator of the vehicle was texting, retention of competent legal counsel is essential to ensure the injured party has representation capable of securing sufficient financial compensation to cover the current medical expenses and any future losses which may be incurred. Please review a recent 13 million dollar verdict obtained, for a client, by the Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., which will provide you with additional information when making a decision on legal representation.