Texting & Driving
Distracted driving killed an estimated 3,477 people in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, and injured thousands more. There are many different types of driver distraction, but one of the most common, and the most renowned, is texting and driving.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with someone who was texting and driving, we can help. When a driver enters the road, he or she takes on responsibility for their own well-being, and that of everyone else’s around them. To seek legal representation after your distracted driving accident, contact the Law Injury Center and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Our firm will help you obtain fair compensation for your damages while you focus on physically and mentally healing from your accident.
To begin building your personal injury car accident case, call us at (603) 883-4100.New Hampshire Texting and Driving Laws
Laws about cell phone use vary by state, and New Hampshire does not have a ban on all cell phone use for drivers, as some stricter states do. In New Hampshire, it is, however, illegal for all drivers to text while driving. Drivers are not permitted to write a text or use both hands to operate any electronic device. This does not include reading a text message, entering a phone number, pushing a button or tapping or swiping to make a selection for the purpose of making a call.
The state considers texting while operating a motor vehicle a primary law. This means an officer may pull over a driver they see or suspect of texting and driving without having any other reason to do so. The officer may they issue a citation, and a $100 fine from the state of New Hampshire. If the distracted driver causes an accident, he or she will likely be obligated to pay for any physical destruction to the other person’s vehicle, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.Other Types of Distracted Driving
Although texting and driving may be the most widely known type of distraction, there are other ways drivers can be distracted while operating a vehicle. By definition, driver distraction includes anything that takes the driver’s thoughts, eyes, or hands away from the task at hand.
Common types of distracted driving include, but are not limited to:
- Talking on the phone
- Using a smart phone to check social media, change a playlist, or take a photo
- Using vehicle or smartphone navigation
- Applying makeup
Some studies have even analyzed the distraction drivers undergo while speaking to passengers in their vehicle. Teenage drivers, apparently, are just as distracted, if not more so, by conversations with passengers as they are with text messages. In fact. The Youth Risk Behavior System reports that the highest number of distracted driving fatalities happens with teenage drivers. During one of their studies, they found 2 out of every 5 high school students sent at least 1 text message while driving during the month-long experiment.Contact our Car Accident Lawyers for Legal Representation
If you were in an accident involving a distracted driver, or someone who was texting while driving, don’t wait to seek justice. Every driver pledges to uphold the law when they accept their license, and if another person’s failure to drive safely cost you pain and suffering, medical expenses, or any other damages, we want to help you seek compensation.
To learn more about your legal options, and to discuss the particulars of your texting and driving accident, contact Injury Law Center for a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers.