Despite public awareness campaigns and efforts by law enforcement officials, some drivers continue to make poor choices. If they cause an accident while talking, e-mailing or texting, they must be held accountable.
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 17, 2014
Commenting on a study that found 16.3 percent of Michigan drivers admitted to talking, e-mailing and texting while driving, Detroit texting accident attorney Edward E. Souweidane of the law firm Fraser & Souweidane said today he was not surprised at the findings, given that his firm has handled many cases involving distracted drivers who cause accidents.
Souweidane based his comments on a CBS Detroit article, “Study: More Michigan Drivers Admit to Texting, Talking,” published March 5. The article cites a Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning survey that indicates distracted drivers have doubled across the state from 2012 to 2013.
“It’s no secret that texting while driving is a public safety concern in Michigan,” Souweidane said. “Despite public awareness campaigns and efforts by law enforcement officials, some drivers continue to make poor choices. If they cause an accident while talking, e-mailing or texting, they must be held accountable. This ‘it can’t happen to me’ attitude is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. We have seen firsthand how devastating a distracted driving accident can be on a victim and his or her family. That’s why we work so hard to help them get justice.”
According to CBS Detroit, 16.3 percent of the 600 Michigan drivers surveyed admitted to using their phones to read, type, send, and receive emails and text messages while driving. Nearly 59 percent of Michigan drivers admitted to making or accepting phone calls and one-third admitted to looking at text messages in 2013, according to the article.
CBS Detroit indicated that the amount of drivers who admitted to texting or e-mailing while driving nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Further, drivers who admitted to talking on the phone jumped three percent and drivers who looked at text messages or e-mails messages doubled, according to the report.
“Drivers have one primary task when they get behind the wheel: to share the road safely and responsibly with other drivers, passengers and pedestrians,” Souweidane said. “The text message or email and even the conversation can wait. If it is an emergency, we recommend that drivers pull over to a safe location and use their cellphones. In our experience, we have seen too many lives upended by distracted drivers. If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your rights.”
About Fraser & Souweidane, P.C.
The attorneys at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. have over 45 years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury and accident victims in Detroit and throughout the Tri-County area. Practicing law in Michigan since 1978, attorney Stuart Fraser IV is an Avvo-rated attorney who has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Founding partner Edward Souweidane has practiced law in Michigan since 1993 and also obtained an Avvo rating for his experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct. In addition to car and truck accident cases, the experienced legal team at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. handles premises liability cases, wrongful death cases, and a variety of other personal injury cases.
If you’re looking for more information on what to do after you’ve been in a car accident in the greater Detroit area, contact Fraser & Souweidane today for a free case consultation or call 866-465-9095. Visit the Mount Clemens office location at:
10 S. Main St, Suite 302
Mount Clemens, MI 48043