Fatal car accident blamed on woman’s Facebook use

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, September 05, 2014.

Just last week, we wrote a post about distracted driving and how there is no way to make this act “safe.” This discussion came up in response to an invention that claims to make the act safe by placing a screen in front of your steering wheel and syncing with your phone. The device would then work with hand motions. To be honest, it doesn’t really seem safe at all.

But it gave us a good opportunity to talk about texting while driving and the laws that are in place in Florida regarding this reckless act. Now, there’s another story that brings up the modern distracted driving problem, and the incident involved in this story is nothing short of tragic.

An 89-year-old woman who was a passenger in a vehicle on a highway was killed after a vehicle being driven by a 20-year-old woman crashed into the back of their vehicle. The complicating factor is the 89-year-old woman’s vehicle was making an illegal U-turn — but the main point here is that the 20-year-old woman was allegedly checking Facebook when the crash occurred. Other people on the road said they never saw the 20-year-old’s brake lights flash prior to the crash.

Distracted driving is a negligent and reckless act that makes a driver liable should a car crash occur. Anyone who has been affected by a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver should consider their legal options. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit could earn you or your loved ones the compensation necessary to deal with the tough times in the wake of such an accident.

Source: Gawker, “20-Year-Old Driver Was On Facebook When She Killed a Great-Grandmother,” Gabrielle Bluestone, Sept. 4, 2014