Jennifer Moeller, 22, has entered a guilty plea to the charge of “serious injury by vehicle” and hit-and-run in the car-vs-motorcycle accident that seriously injured Joan Nicholson reports WOWT.com.
Moeller was texting while driving and crossed into the oncoming lane and hit Nicholson, seriously injuring her. Moeller has not yet faced sentencing.
This accident certainly illustrates the perils of texting while driving. Distracted driving and texting while driving has become a serious epidemic in the U.S. A study released by the Texting Awareness Foundation found that 14 youths die every day from texting behind the wheel and 18% of all fatal car accidents are caused by cell phone use. It has become a cultural norm, especially for America’s youths, to have a hand-held device at the ready.
Perhaps Moeller did not realize that in the time it takes to text two words, a car traveling at 55mph can travel the length of a football field. Taking ones eyes off the road for the few seconds it takes can result in a serious injury accident, or even death.
If this accident occurred in Washington state, Moeller might very well face charges of Vehicular Assault. Washington state vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 states that a motorist can be charged with Vehicular Assault if a person in seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others. A person convicted of vehicular assault could face up to a year in prison.
What to do if your car accident was caused by a distracted driver ?
If you were seriously injured in a car accident and caused by a distracted driver, you should seek compensation for your damages from the other driver and his/her insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in proving your case by obtaining the cell phone records of the other driver to help establish liability.
The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has represented car accident victims for more than 40 years. We represent our clients on a contingent fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win your case for you.