So many drivers these days are talking on the phone while driving. Studies have shown that talking on the cell phone while driving is very close to the danger of driving while drunk. The reason is that your mind is taken up with your conversation and not 100 percent focused on the road.
It is the slight lapses in focus that lead to car wrecks. In litigation over car wrecks causing personal injuries, all of our written discovery questions to defendants incude a request for production demanding that they provide us a copy of their cell phone bill for the date of the accident. That way we can find out if they were on the phone at the time. Juries will be much more generous to an injured person, if they feel the defendant committed conduct which is irresponsible. Most of us would find causing an accident while talking and driving to be even worse than ordinary mistakes while operating a car on the road.
Rick Shapiro has practiced personal injury law for over two decades in Virginia, North Carolina, and throughout the Southeastern United States. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA Accredited) and has litigated injury cases throughout the eastern United States, including wrongful death, trucking, faulty products, railroad and medical negligence claims. His success in and out of the court room is a big reason why he was named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in railroad law in U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers publication (Norfolk, VA area), and he has been named a “Best Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” by those peer reviewed organizations for many years.