When drivers take their eyes off the road to answer a call or respond to a text, they are making a choice that puts individuals around them at serious risk of suffering life-changing injuries or even worse.
Andover, Massachusetts (PRWEB) March 19, 2013
According to court documents (ESCV2011-01699-A, filed in Essex Superior Court), a Massachusetts man who was texting while driving struck a pedestrian with his pick-up truck and caused her to suffer permanent disfiguring injuries. The victim’s personal injury lawsuit settled for the maximum coverage available, with the defendant personally contributing to the settlement as well.
According to court documents, the plaintiff was out for an early evening walk in Andover, Massachusetts in July of 2011 when she was struck in the back of the head by the side mirror of the defendant’s truck. After she fell to the ground, unconscious, her leg was run over by one of the truck tires.
Just before the impact, the defendant had received a text message on his cell phone and had taken his eyes off the road, so says court documents.
Court documents confirm that the plaintiff required a number of extensive surgeries for her leg and additional medical care for her concussion, vertigo, and memory loss that she experienced following the accident.
Plaintiff representatives believe that the defendant’s negligence behind the wheel was responsible for the collision. Court documents site evidence supporting the claim that the plaintiff will never regain the full function of her leg.
Texting While Driving Accident Statistics
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents that occur on the roads each year across the U.S. According to Distraction.Gov, more than 3,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011, 64 more than the previous year.
According to an accident research report conducted by Monash University, drivers who used mobile handheld devices were found to be 4 times more likely to cause an accident. Many of the participants in the study admitted to regularly using handheld phones for texting and talking while driving.
Holding Distracted Drivers Accountable
Tom Kiley Sr., partner at Kiley Law Group, LLC, represented the car accident victim in this case.
“Having represented countless injury victims throughout Massachusetts, we have seen the significant impact that distracted driving has had on the lives of our clients. When drivers take their eyes off the road to answer a call or respond to a text, they are making a choice that puts individuals around them at serious risk of suffering life-changing injuries or even worse.
“Our client suffered tremendously as a result of the defendant’s failure to drive safely. We were able to obtain the maximum settlement allowable under the defendant’s insurance policy, but many people in similar circumstances hire attorneys who are unable to obtain a favorable outcome for them. In these cases, injury victims may never receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages resulting from their inability to work, as well as the significant pain and suffering they have experienced,” said Attorney Kiley.
About Kiley Law Group, LLC
Kiley Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Andover, Massachusetts. Its attorneys assist those who have suffered injuries as a result of serious injury car collisions, bus accidents, slip and fall incidents, and other personal injury accidents. In addition to providing free consultations, Kiley Law Groupoffers a “No Win No Fee Promise” to ensure that its clients do not pay personal injury attorney fees if they do not receive compensation for their injuries.
To obtain a free consultation from an experienced Kiley Law Group legal professional, call 888-208-1695 today. Their staff of legal professionals will help give you the information that you need to make an educated decision about your potential claim.