Many people in Nashville have a cellphone today. It’s hard to remember a time when people weren’t walking around with their telephone seemingly permanently attached to their hands with one eye on it and the other eye on what they’re doing. However, the advent of smartphones with multiple capabilities has its drawbacks such as people texting and driving. There are constantly stories cropping up in the news of individuals causing an auto accident resulting in auto injury because they were using their phones while driving. Sometimes, these accidents result in fatalities.
Texting and driving isn’t the only issue that can result in a distracted driver due to a cellphone. People using such services as Facebook while operating their vehicle can cause a crash. One incident has led to the arrest of a 20-year-old woman for negligent homicide after her Ford Escape rear-ended an SUV while traveling at 85 miles-per-hour. A woman was driving the SUV with her grandmother and daughter as passengers when the accident happened. The grandmother was killed. The woman and her daughter suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. During the accident investigation, it was discovered that the driver of the Escape had been using Facebook at the time of the accident and had been texting and driving.
Lives can change in a second when there is an auto accident. There can be severe injuries and even death. With injuries there might be massive medical costs, rehabilitation and long-term care. If there is a death, a beloved family member could be taken away. It’s possible that the injured person or the decedent was the breadwinner in the household. The accident can force people to change their lives exponentially to deal with the aftermath.
While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, pursuing a possible negligent party with legal action in the aftermath of a car accident can help families pave the way for a less stressful period of coping. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, compensation may be able to be secured.
Source: CNN, “Woman accused of using Facebook while driving is charged with homicide,” Morgan Winsor, Sept. 6, 2014