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Texting and driving safety campaign does little for victims

At most times, the road may seem like a perfectly safe place. Yet, it only takes one distracted driver to cause a horrific car accident. When these wrecks occur, victims can be left with a serious personal injury that requires long-term care. Some victims may be left permanently disabled or dead. The Tennessee Highway Patrol hopes to reduce these auto accidents.

In one Tennessee county, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking to the road to raise awareness about the dangers of driving distractions. Amongst the distractions targeted is texting and driving, which poses a serious threat to other motorists. The THP will be making stops at rest areas and truck stops to raise awareness. While this program is well intentioned, it does little for those who fall victim to an auto accident.

A negligent driver who texts and drives, drinks and drives or speeds can cause a wreck in the blink of an eye. Victims, when left with a serious injury, may face strenuous physical and emotional recoveries. The sheer cost of recovery can inhibit any progress and prevent victims from obtaining some treatments. Legal action taken against an errant driver can help victims move forward with their recovery.

To succeed on a personal injury claim, a victim must establish that the errant driver was negligent, that negligence caused the accident, and the victim's injuries resulted from that accident.

Once these elements are satisfied, a car accident victim can obtain compensation. These awards can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Then, a victim can afford the care she deserves and needs to reach a full recovery. Also, these lawsuits serve as a deterrent to other negligent drivers, helping solidify THP's message that driving distracted is dangerous and will not be tolerated.

Source: Cleveland Daily Banner, "THP to raise awareness of driving distractions risks," Greg Kaylor, Mar. 10, 2013

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