Distracted Driving Accidents and Teens – a Problem on the Rise



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Distracted Driving is out of Control

Many people do not realize, but distracted driving is presently one of the biggest issues on our Provincial roadways today. Distracted driving has surpassed aimpaired driving as the#1 cause of fatal accident on Canadian roads, and unfortunately many accidents are caused by teen driver using cell phones.  Teens and their phones go hand in hand.  It’s rare to see a teen without a cell phone.  iPhone, Android, Google phone…for most, it is a primary method of communication.  Sadly, many teens continue to text even while driving. Despite the well-known implications of texting and driving, an alarming number of teenagers still admit to doing it. According to the Ontario-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a large percentage of teenagers are texting while driving.  33% of students in grades 10 to 12 say they have texted while driving at least once in the prior year.  The number climbs when looking at just grade 12 students where 46% admitted to it. In fact, about 40% of teenagers admit to sometimes reading texts while driving while just over 32% admit to sometimes sending texts while driving.  Texting and driving accidents are increasing at an alarming rate.

Why Do People Text While Driving?

There are a variety of reasons people reach for their phone while driving a car.  The lure of the message ringtone is often enough to entice a person to see what’s popping up on their phone.  In other cases, they’re looking for directions or an address.  Many inaccurately believe if they are stopped at a stop sign or stoplight it is okay to check their cell phone or send a quick text.  We know all too well, it only takes a single moment to change a life and far too often, that one moment of checking a phone or sending a quick message can have devastating results. When a driver is distracted, their attention is not on the road and their surroundings and their reaction time is slower.  Ultimately, this can lead to an accident.

Teens & Distracted Driving

Teen drivers are among the most ask risk drivers on our roadways.  Due to their lack of experience driving combined with overconfidence or fear, they are at risk.  Car accidents remains the leading cause of death for teenagers, with the majority occurring when other teenagers are in the vehicle with a teen driver.  Teenagers often have an “it won’t happen to me” attitude, until sadly, it does.  This is why, if a teen texts and drives once or twice without consequence, they may continue to do so.  Unfortunately, any distracted driving puts themselves and other people at risk.

Our Hamilton personal injury lawyers know all too well the catastrophic accidents that can occur as a result of distracted driving.  It is heartbreaking every time a person’s life is cut short or forever changed as a result of an car accident caused by distracted driving. This is why we believe it is important to continue to educate the public on the risks and dangers of texting and driving.

You can prevent an accident by ensuring you are not tempted by your phone while driving.  Print your google map before you leave. Put your phone in a glovebox, silence the ringer or turn it off.  By focusing solely on the road rather than your technology, you can save your own life and the life of others on the road, too.  There is no valid reason to be using your cell-phone in the car.

Did You Lose a Loved One in an Accident?

Unfortunately, there are too many accidents on the roads involving teens and texting.  Sadly, the aftermath can be devastating.  Accidents involving teens are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the province.  If you lost a loved one in this way, our wrongful death lawyers are here to help.  It is understandable that you will be reeling in the unfairness of this type of preventable accident.  Through your grief, you may have questions.  Ultimately, your life has changed in this single moment.  Talking to a personal injury lawyer with experience in distracted driving accidents can help.  We have years of experience helping families get the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one in an accident.

Were You or A Loved One Injured in An Accident caused by a Distracted Driver?

While there are serious fines and sanctions in place for novice drivers who are convicted of distracted driving (and other drivers as well), if you were injured because of a driver’s distracted driving, you have the right to open a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve.  This type of compensation can include medical costs, lost wages and compensation due to pain and suffering.  Ultimately, recovering from an accident is your main priority; however, it is very normal for you to be worried and stressed about the financial strain the accident has caused as well.  The best thing you can do is ensure you have the right medical team in place to help with your injuries, and the right legal team to take care of your case so you can focus on your recovery.  An experienced personal injury lawyer will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

While a lot of media attention is put on trying to ensure drivers are safe and focused on the road, too many drivers continue to text and drive.  Unfortunately, many of these drivers are teenagers.  While we can continue to work on spreading the message that texting and driving can have a devastating aftermath, we cannot undo what has been done to you.  What we can do is help relieve the financial stress you are under because of a situation that could have been prevented.  A distracted driver is a negligent driver.

Our Hamilton Accident Injury Lawyers can help

Matt Lalande has over 15 years representing victims of negligence and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.  He works tirelessly to ensure his clients get the help they need, at the time they need it most.  As such, consultations are free and we never ask for upfront fees.  If you are a victim of a distracted driving accident, it is important you call us right away so we can help.  Get in touch at 905-333-8888 or fill in a contact form today.