I was on a family vacation a few months ago and read a billboard that said, “If you want to speak with God, call Him. If you want to meet Him, text.” It was a pretty clever billboard, and I remember thinking, wow, even in Costa Rica? I sat at a traffic light on the way to work last week and counted 4 people talking in cells, and another two with their head and eyes staring into their laps. I sat at that very same traffic light this morning and counted 3 cell phone talkers and a woman applying lipstick. Granted we were all stopped at a red light, but let’s face it, those three calls were not going to miraculously end when the light turned green (they didn’t incidentally)
We have all read and seen the horrific stories in the news, and need only glance over at the cars around us to know that it is everywhere … even in Costa Rica! Distracted driving takes many forms, whether it be tuning the radio, reaching for a fry, or talking and texting. And whereas we don’t often hear about the accident caused when a parent reaches over to pick up a dropped sippy cup, we too often hear about the deadly crashes when a driver is texting (receiving or making).
From a legal standpoint, a distracted driver who causes property damage, personal injury and/or death is exposed to civil liability (monetary damages) and criminal liability (jail, probation, etc) depending on the circumstances and nature of the harm caused. Whereas each case is different, each case also seems to have been avoidable.
Below is an informative website, EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) and the Casey Feldman Foundation, established “to raise awareness and generate action against the epidemic of distracted driving.” It was created by the parents of Casey Feldman, a college student, who was tragically struck and killed by a distracted driver in 2009.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a distracted driver, contact Stark & Stark today for a free no obligation consultation.