According to studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, an estimated 3,331 people were killed and an additional 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.  Among drivers between the ages of 15 and 19, who were involved in fatal crashes, approximately 21% were found to be distracted by their cell phones.

The danger of texting

Texting was found to be significantly hazardous — increasing the risk of crash three-fold. This is because texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, or the equivalent that a driver traveling at normal highway speed would take to travel the length of a football field.

Colorado lawmakers – texting while driving is illegal!

In 2009, the Colorado legislature officially banned texting while driving. According to the law, drivers may not text, e-mail or tweet while driving, and, drivers under the age of 18 may not engage in any cell phone use while driving.  The law does not include a provision for texting during the case of emergencies.

The bill’s legislative sponsors, while applauding the signing of the bill, felt that the final law does not do enough to prevent cell phone usage while driving. Their chief complaint was that the original draft bill also prohibited adults from using cell phones while driving, a practice that is currently banned in 11 states. As a result, when it comes to road safety, the sponsors believe that Colorado’s law is clearly a work-in-progress.

After the accident – next steps

If you or a family member suffers harm in a car crash that was caused by a driver who was texting, your first priority should be to receive prompt medical attention. Afterwards, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as you or your family may be able to sue various parties including the driver and his or her insurance company for damages. Damages can include hospital bills, compensation for pain and suffering, and payment of lost wages.

The attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C. have decades of experience winning significant damages for car accident victims.  Call our office to schedule a consultation.

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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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Outcome: $650,000

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CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

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