Woman Charged With Negligent Manslaughter For Death Caused By Texting While Driving

This month, a 20-year-old Maryland woman drove through an intersection directly in the path of a motorcyclist who had the right of way. The motorcyclist slammed into her car and was killed. The woman didn't see the motorcyclist because she was distracted by texting a friend— she has since been charged with negligent manslaughter.

Oregon law concerning the matter of cell phone use while driving is clear: If you want to talk and drive, you must use a hands-free attachment. If you want to text someone, you cannot, under any circumstances, do it while driving.

The effects of texting while driving

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. In terms of distance, this means driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed at 55 mph.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the act of texting makes it 23 times more likely that you'll be involved in a crash. You are six times more likely to get into an accident while texting than while drinking.

Driving while distracted

Texting is just one form of driving while distracted. Other distractions that can lead to accidents include:

  • Talking on the phone, even with a hands-free device
  • Interacting with children in the back seat
  • Eating or drinking
  • Looking for just the right radio station or song on your iPod

If you have been injured in a car accident by a distracted driver, especially one who has violated the law, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The Salem lawyers at Harris, Wyatt & Amala are experienced auto accident litigators. We are committed to helping you receive full compensation for your injuries.

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