Is texting and driving to blame for this accident? In mid-October, a truck driven by a young Lafayette woman slammed into a motorcycle and pushed it into a school bus. Three victims, including the motorcyclist, were taken to the hospital. The motorcyclist suffered a broken pelvis and injured his lower spine. He is now unable to work or take care of his two children.
According to investigators, the driver of the truck never slowed down when approaching the motorcycle and the bus. Why? She was texting while driving. She has been charged with reckless operation, negligent injuring, texting while driving and failing to wear a seat belt.
The motorcyclist has since pledged to take any settlement or verdict he receives for his injuries and use it to start a program to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving in Louisiana
In Louisiana, all drivers who hold a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, regardless of age, are prohibited from using handheld cell phones. Bus drivers are not allowed to use handheld or hands-free cell phones. Novice drivers are banned from using cell phones in all circumstances. And in Louisiana, no driver is allowed to text and drive.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Louisiana. According to a study released earlier this year, in 2017, Louisiana was the state with the highest rate of distracted driving.
Texting and driving in particular is dangerous because it fits into all three categories of distraction:
- Visual – distractions that take the eyes off the road
- Manual – distractions that take the hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – distractions that take the mind of the task of driving
If you have been injured because of a distracted driver, discuss your injuries with our personal injury law firm.