As experienced auto accident attorneys in Tucson, we’ve seen the devastating impacts of negligent drivers time and time again. One of the causes of these accidents that appear to be on the rise is texting. Texting and driving is not only dangerous, it’s also potentially criminal if it leads to an auto accident and it has personal injury lawsuit ramifications.
In Arizona, the Supreme Court has ruled that punitive damages are appropriate for drunk drivers who cause accidents. However, people who cause an accident by mistake and had no intent to cause the accident are not responsible for punitive damages.
What that means is that people who drink and drive are not only responsible for paying for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but they can also be fined a large amount as a punishment and to send a message to the general public.
We don’t yet know whether our courts will look at texting and driving in the same way as drinking and driving. Maybe it will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, for the person who has sustained horrible injuries because someone else chose to text and drive, hiring an experienced auto injury attorney is an important first step in ensuring that full and fair compensation is recovered.
If you’ve been the victim of an Arizona auto accident involving texting and driving, and you need legal help, please contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal options moving forward.