According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 3,166 people were killed by distracted driving. Roughly 12% of those distracted driving incidents include using your smartphone to text and look at directions.
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident caused by distracted driving, you might be entitled to a legal remedy. To better understand whether you qualify for compensation, you should reach out to Newport News car accident attorney with experience in texting accident cases. At the office of Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC, we have the experience and sophisticated understanding of Virginia law to help make sure you receive an appropriate monetary award for the injuries negligently caused by another driver.
For more information, call Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC, at (757) 330-3425 today.
Distracted Driving and Motor Vehicle Negligence
Under the common law rules of Virginia’s courts, a person has a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing other people foreseeable injuries. When a person breaches this duty and causes a reasonably foreseeable injury, they are liable for damages that arise from such injury.
Furthermore, Section 46.2-1078.1 of the Code of Virginia was recently added to address texting while driving. Under the statute, “it is unlawful for any person to operate a moving motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any handheld personal communications device to:
- Manually enter multiple letters or text in the device as a means of communicating with another person; or
- Read any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within the device, provided that this prohibition shall not apply to any name or number stored within the device nor to any caller identification information.
Courts have held that the violation of the motor vehicle code is evidence that someone breached their duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid injuring others. Thus, when someone violates Section 46.2-1078.1 and injures another person as a result, they will be found liable for their damages.
Contact an Experienced Newport News Texting Accident Driving Lawyer
Car accidents often involve severe injuries. Given the sheer force and power behind a car, the likelihood that a car accident will involve a life-threatening or severely disabling injury is undeniable. When such injury is caused by a person’s reckless or careless disregard for the safety of others, just demands that they make reparations for their wrongful deeds. At the office of Huffman & Huffman, PLLC, we offer compassionate legal advocacy that strives to bring those who are responsible for your injuries to justice.
Call Huffman & Huffman, PLLC at (757) 330-3425 or contact us online to arrange a complimentary case evaluation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys today.