In the United States, the number of crashes involving distracted driving and teens decreased in 2018. While this may be a good sign, teenagers are still responsible for a significant percentage of fatal and non-fatal car accidents involving distracted driving.
If you have been injured or if your loved one has been killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver, contact Linville Johnson to learn more about your options. Those affected and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of a car accident attorney.
We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected]
Teens Accounted for Nine Percent of Fatal Distracted-Driving Accidents in 2018
Teenage drivers (ages 15-19) are responsible for a significant percentage of crashes involving distracted drivers in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 202 teens were killed in fatal crashes involving distracted driving, accounting for 9 percent of all distracted driving-related fatalities. Likewise, 256 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted teen driver in 2018. Over half (53 percent) of those killed were teens aged 15 to 19 years old.
In many states throughout the U.S, it is illegal to text and drive. Likewise, cell phone use is prohibited for teens under the age of 18; however, some states allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to use a hands-free device to talk on a cell phone. In many places, it is legal for drivers over the age of 21 to talk on their cell phone while driving. In addition to these laws, many states have laws prohibiting any use of cell phones in school zones and other areas where children are present and in highway work zones where workers are present.
How Can an Attorney Help?
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who are injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers may be able to file a file a claim and recover compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
For more information, contact Linville Johnson. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have.
There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.