Officials say a driver who was texting triggered a San Dimas crash that left two, including the allegedly distracted driver, injured. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury collision occurred early morning on June 8, 2013, at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Lone Hill Avenue. Police say one of the cars overturned at the intersection. Another car had crashed through a rear wall and ended up in a backyard on Hampton Court. Both drivers were transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Statistics and studies have consistently shown that texting and driving increases the chance of a serious injury crash. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver. In addition, 387,000 people were in injured in car accidents caused by distracted driver. In the month of June 2011 alone, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States up nearly 50 percent from June 2009.
Text messaging in particular can prove deadly because the act of texting takes the driver’s eyes off the road, his or her hands off the wheel and their attention away from driving. About 40 percent of U.S. teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a dangerous manner. A study by Monash University shows that drivers who use handheld devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Fault and Liability
Distracted driving is negligent driving. If the driver in this case is determined to have been distracted or texting at the time, he or she can be held liable for the injuries caused to the other driver. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.