Texas Accident Survivor Warns About Dangers Of Texting While Driving
6 August 2012No Comments
Texting while behind the wheel of a car is becoming an increasingly popular and deadly practice in distracted driving, resulting in avoidable injuries and fatalities across the country. Unfortunately, a man from Texas, named Chance Bothe, knows firsthand the dangers of texting and driving, as he was involved in a near deadly accident earlier this year. Bothe sent this message to a friend while driving home from college, “I need to quit texting because I could die in a car accident and then how would you feel…” Seconds later, Bothe’s pickup truck veered off a bridge and dropped down a 35-foot ravine in an accident that nearly claimed his life. If you have been injured in a Texas car accident caused by another driver texting, using his cell phone, or otherwise driving negligently, contact our qualified car accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
Drivers Who Text Put Lives At Risk
As a result of the distracted driving accident, Chance Bothe suffered life-altering injuries, including a broken neck, a fractured face, and a punctured lung. He had to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery on his face and even had to learn to walk again. “I’m very lucky that I’m not gone forever,” Bothe, 21, said on the last day of his six-month rehabilitation in Houston, Texas. “I still have things to do in this world.” One of his most important goals is to spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving. “They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said.
State Laws Against Texting While Driving
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, sending or receiving text messages while driving is banned in 39 states and in the District of Columbia. Although Texas doesn’t have a state-wide ban on texting while driving, the dangerous practice is prohibited in some municipalities and school zones in the state. Bothe promised to spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving so that others can learn from his mistake. “I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago. And I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head: ‘I’m surprised that’s not me in that casket.’ I came very close to that. To being gone forever.”
Contact A Texas Car Accident Attorney Today
Bothe isn’t the first person to suffer devastating injuries in an accident caused by texting while driving, and unfortunately, he won’t be the last. As cell phones become more and more prevalent in the United States, more and more accidents are caused by using the mobile devices while driving. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver in Corpus Christi or elsewhere in Texas, contact our qualified car accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages related to the accident.