Most people who have cellular phones have probably used text messaging or ‘texting'. They are also probably familiar with the fact that text messaging while driving can be deadly. Anything that distracts the driver so that they take their eyes off the road can have serious consequences. For example, last year a Palm Coast, FL woman, Brandy Michelle Cannon was driving when she drifted into oncoming traffic. After almost hitting one pickup truck, she then slammed into a Ford Explorer. The driver of the Ford Explorer survived the crash, but sadly her passenger, a 40-year-old woman, did not. Cannon later admitted that she was not paying attention to the road because she was texting. While this is a terrible tragedy for all parties involved, it once again proves the dangers of text messaging while driving.
When you slide into the driver's seat of a car, you have a responsibility to yourself and to everyone else on the road to drive as safely as possible. Any driver knows that engaging in activity that takes your eyes off the road for more than a split second is a bad idea. Texting while behind the wheel is dangerous and any reasonable person would know this. If you are injured in an accident where your vehicle is hit by another driver who is texting, they should be responsible for your medical bills and lost wages. The driver was aware they were making a dangerous decision but chose to be negligent.
Florida courts are still deciding whether to charge Ms. Cannon with vehicular manslaughter or a lighter charge. However, it is important for the victim and the deceased's family to understand their rights. Even if the driver is not charged with a serious crime, she may still be held responsible for medical expenses and funeral costs. In cases like this, it is extremely important to speak with a personal injury lawyer right after the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident in Georgia caused by a driver texting or engaging in any type of negligent behavior you will need a personal injury attorney. Call The Berry Law Group right now and you will speak to an experienced car wreck lawyer who will answer all of your questions and advise you of the merits of your case. There is nothing to lose and so much to gain, so call us today.