Car accidents happen all too frequently in Baton Rouge and elsewhere. What makes car accidents so tragic is that most of them are preventable. When people are inattentive, distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, car accidents are much more likely to occur.
One man's story shows how dangerous texting and driving can be. The college student nearly died after his car went off a cliff six months ago. He was texting and driving prior to the crash. Ironically, the last text that he sent before the accident read "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident."
The young man broke his neck and fractured his skull in the accident. He also sustained a traumatic brain injury. He hopes his story serves as a reminder to all to put down the phone when you are behind the wheel.
"They just need to understand, don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," the young man said.
It is against the law to text and drive in Louisiana. However, that may not stop everyone from doing it. Unfortunately, people who text and drive put themselves and other motorist's lives in danger.
A serious car accident can leave people with debilitating injuries. They may require hospitalization, surgery and rehabilitation. Their medical bills are likely to add up quickly.
People who sustained injuries in an accident as a result of another driver's negligent behavior have legal options to consider. They may wish to pursue a lawsuit. Compensation that is awarded through a lawsuit can cover medical expenses and make up for any lost wages.
In addition to alleviating any financial burdens, a lawsuit may also give people peace of mind knowing that justice has been served.
Source: WAFB, "Man texts, "I need to quit texting" before driving off cliff," Tricia Forbes, Aug. 2, 2012