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Texting & Driving Accidents in Nevada

Fighting for Victims of Distracted Driving

Texting and driving takes lives. Although it is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving, thousands of people continue to cause accidents because they were text messaging behind the wheel. Because the dangers of texting while driving are well known, almost every state in the country has passed laws to prohibit the act, including Nevada. Still, texting while driving continues to injure and kill thousands of people each year.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who may have been texting at the time, there is action you can take. The first step toward justice is just a phone call away. Please don’t hesitate to speak with an accident attorney from Shook & Stone today. We officer FREE case evaluations.

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Texting & Driving Statistics

  • The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reports that texting while driving increases a driver’s risk of crashing by 23 times when compared to driving without distractions.
  • In 2011, roughly 23% of all motor vehicle accidents involved some sort of cell phone use. This equates to more than one million accidents.
  • Out of the over one million total accidents caused by cell phone use in 2011, 3,331 were killed in distracted driving crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Texting and driving is considered one of the most troubling forms of distracted driving because it commands a driver’s visual, manual, and mental attention simultaneously.

Texting & Driving Laws in Las Vegas, NV

In Nevada, there is a statewide ban on handheld cell phone use for all drivers and there is also a statewide ban on texting while driving for all drivers. Drivers are also prohibited from checking text messages while stopped at a red light. Texting and driving is illegal in the majority of other U.S. states and many other states have limited bans on texting and cell phone use.

Nevada’s ban on texting while driving is considered a primary law, which means that law enforcement officers are able to ticket drivers for violating the ban even when no other traffic offense was committed. Under some state laws, police can only ticket motorists who text and drive if the driver has first been pulled over for another violation.

Drivers who violate Nevada’s texting while driving law can be cited, fined, and face license penalties. Additionally, if they cause accidents that injure others, they can potentially be held liable for the damages victims suffer as a result of their negligence.

Car Accident Attorneys Who Care

At Shook & Stone, we truly care about those in our community. We are strong advocates against texting and driving and are passionate about cases that could not only help an individual or family, but affect the lives of many by sending a clear message that distracted driving should never be tolerated.

If you or someone you love was injured in a distracted driving accident, do not hesitate to contact our Las Vegas office today. Shook & Stone will evaluate your case free of charge so that you can be more informed as to your rights. Should you become our client, we will fight to see that you secure the financial compensation you deserve.