The Dangers of Texting While Driving: Why You Should Hire Garrick McFadden

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Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, leading to thousands of accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. Despite widespread awareness of its risks, many drivers continue to engage in this perilous behavior. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, it is crucial to understand your rights and the importance of hiring an experienced attorney like Garrick McFadden. This article will provide an in-depth look at the dangers of texting while driving, relevant statistics, and why you should consider hiring Garrick McFadden to represent you.

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What is Texting While Driving?

Texting while driving involves sending, reading, or composing text messages on a mobile device while operating a vehicle. This behavior is particularly hazardous because it combines three types of distraction:

  1. Visual Distraction: Taking your eyes off the road.
  2. Manual Distraction: Taking your hands off the wheel.
  3. Cognitive Distraction: Taking your mind off driving.

These distractions significantly impair a driver’s ability to react to road conditions, traffic signals, and other vehicles, increasing the likelihood of an accident.

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Statistics on Texting While Driving

Texting while driving significantly contributes to road accidents in the United States. The following table provides a snapshot of texting while driving statistics:

YearTotal AccidentsInjuriesFatalities
20181,500,000400,0003,000
20191,600,000420,0003,200
20201,700,000430,0003,300
20211,800,000450,0003,500
20221,900,000460,0003,600

The Impact of Texting While Driving

Texting while driving can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. The injuries sustained in these accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and even death. Common injuries include:

  • Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries: Muscle sprains, strains, and whiplash are common due to the sudden impact.
  • Broken Bones: High-impact collisions can cause fractures in the arms, legs, or spine.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Concussions, contusions, and other TBIs can occur if a person’s head strikes an object or is jolted violently.
  • Internal Bleeding: High-speed accidents can cause internal injuries that may go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Why Texting While Driving is So Dangerous

Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction. Here’s a closer look at why this behavior is so hazardous:

  1. Visual Distraction: When you take your eyes off the road to read or send a text, you are unaware of what is happening around you. Even a momentary glance away from the road can result in missing critical events, such as a pedestrian crossing or a sudden stop by the vehicle in front of you.
  2. Manual Distraction: Taking your hands off the wheel to type a message reduces your ability to control the vehicle. This can lead to swerving, drifting into other lanes, or failing to react in time to avoid a collision.
  3. Cognitive Distraction: Texting requires mental effort, which takes your focus away from driving. When you are occupied with composing a message, you are less likely to notice and respond to potential hazards.

The Legal Landscape of Texting While Driving in Arizona

In Arizona, texting while driving is illegal. The state has implemented strict laws to curb this dangerous behavior and promote safer driving practices. Here are some key points about Arizona’s distracted driving laws:

  • Handheld Device Ban: As of January 1, 2021, using a handheld electronic device while driving is illegal. This includes texting, emailing, and browsing the internet.
  • Primary Enforcement: Police officers can pull over drivers solely for using a handheld device, even if no other traffic violations are observed.
  • Penalties: Violators can face fines ranging from $75 to $250, with higher penalties for repeat offenses.

The Broader Issue of Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is just one form of distracted driving. Other common distractions include:

  • Talking on the Phone: Even hands-free calls can divert attention from driving.
  • Eating and Drinking: Consuming food or beverages while driving requires manual and visual attention.
  • Adjusting Controls: Changing the radio station, adjusting the air conditioning, or using a GPS device can distract you from the road.
  • Interacting with Passengers: Engaging in conversations or dealing with children in the back seat can be distracting.
  • Daydreaming: Letting your mind wander can reduce your awareness of your surroundings.

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving, including texting while driving, can lead to severe consequences, such as:

Why You Should Hire Garrick McFadden

Navigating the complexities of a car accident claim involving distracted driving requires expertise and experience. Here’s why you should hire Garrick McFadden and his black-owned law firm, GAMESQ, PLC:

  1. Extensive Experience: Garrick McFadden has years of experience handling personal injury cases, including those involving distracted driving. His deep understanding of Arizona’s traffic laws and insurance regulations allows him to advocate for his clients effectively.
  2. Proven Track Record: Garrick has a proven track record of securing significant settlements and verdicts for his clients. His dedication to achieving justice has resulted in millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims and their families.
  3. Personalized Attention: At GAMESQ, PLC, you are not just another case. Garrick takes the time to understand your unique situation and provides personalized legal advice and representation. He is committed to ensuring that each client receives the attention and support they need throughout the legal process.
  4. Compassionate Representation: Garrick McFadden understands the profound impact that a car accident can have on a family. He provides compassionate and empathetic representation, ensuring that you feel supported and understood during this challenging time.
  5. Expert Negotiation Skills: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts by arguing that your injuries are pre-existing or not severe. Garrick has the skills and experience to counter these arguments and negotiate effectively on your behalf.
  6. Trial Experience: While many personal injury cases are settled out of court, some may require litigation to achieve a fair outcome. Garrick McFadden is not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. With extensive trial experience and a deep understanding of courtroom procedures, Garrick is well-equipped to present a compelling case before a judge and jury.
  7. Commitment to Justice: As an African-American attorney, Garrick McFadden is deeply committed to advocating for the rights of underserved communities. He understands the unique challenges faced by African-Americans in the legal system and is dedicated to ensuring that his clients receive fair and just treatment.
  8. No Upfront Costs: Garrick McFadden works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any legal fees unless he wins your case. This arrangement ensures that you can focus on your recovery without worrying about legal expenses.

The Legal Process for Texting While Driving Accident Claims

Filing a claim for a texting while driving accident involves several steps, and it is essential to follow the correct procedures to ensure your claim is successful. Here is a step-by-step guide to the process:

  1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: After the accident, see a doctor immediately. This creates a medical record that links your injuries to the accident.
  2. Gather Evidence: Collect evidence from the accident scene, including photos, witness statements, and police reports.
  3. Consult a Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer: Contact Garrick McFadden for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options.
  4. File a Claim: Your attorney will file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, outlining the damages you are seeking.
  5. Negotiation and Settlement: Garrick McFadden will negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement.
  6. Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your attorney may need to file a lawsuit and represent you in court.

Conclusion

Texting while driving is a serious and dangerous behavior that leads to thousands of accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, it is crucial to seek legal representation to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Garrick McFadden and his black-owned law firm, GAMESQ, PLC, are dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation for car accident victims in Phoenix, Arizona. With his expertise, personalized approach, and commitment to justice, Garrick McFadden is the ideal choice for handling your texting while driving accident case. Contact GAMESQ, PLC today for a free consultation and take the first step towards securing the justice and compensation you deserve.