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Texting and driving accident should serve as a warning

With the Super Bowl coming in less than two weeks, it is expected that anti-drunk driving commercials will be a staple when sporting events are televised. Super Bowl Sunday is largely known as a day where drunk driving enforcement is elevated because of all of the football fans (especially casual fans) who may drive under the influence even though they feel like they are not drunk.

Aside from drunk driving, distracted driving (especially texting while driving) remains an issue in Texas despite media campaigns condemning the practice. Nevertheless, the video of an accident seen in real time of a distracted driver crashing should serve as a warning to those who believe that they can safely send text messages while behind the wheel. 

Police in Fort Myers, Florida released a dash cam video that showed a car swerving violently cutting across two lanes and then driving onto the sidewalk, where it hit a guardrail, a bus stop sign and then a tree before flipping over.

The driver was able to escape the vehicle without serious injury. He later admitted that he was texting shortly before the crash. He was charged with reckless driving and texting while driving. In the meantime, the video has gained national attention as a real-life example of how texting and driving can lead to disastrous results.

Aside from the criminal implications, texting drivers who cause accidents could be held liable by those who are injured in a crash. Essentially, those injured could seek monetary compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.

Source: ABC, “Texting and driving caught on camera,” January 14, 2014

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