Texting & Driving Accident Lawyer in Colorado Springs
Texting and driving causes 1.3 million crashes in the United States every
year. Experts say that texting and other types of cell phone use are the
most dangerous types of
distracted driving that exist. Texting and driving is the most dangerous not only statistically,
but inherently, because it takes visual, manual and cognitive faculties
off of the situation at hand. Drivers who text and drive are at a 23 percent
increased risk of causing a
car accident than those who drive without distraction.
Injured in an accident caused by a texting driver in Colorado Springs?
Call Clawson & Clawson, LLP today at
(719) 602-5888 to explore your legal options.
Colorado Texting and Driving Laws
In the state of Colorado, there is a ban on all cell phone use, both handheld
and hands-free devices, for novice drivers as well as a ban on texting
for all drivers. Colorado defines "novice drivers" as all drivers
under the age of 18. Even though texting while driving is against the
law, 34 percent of teen drivers involved in car accidents admitted to
texting while driving and approximately 27 percent of adults consistently
send and receive text messages while driving. As of 2021, all but two
states have taken actions to prohibit texting and driving.
Listed below are some texting and cell phone statistics compiled from Colorado
State Patrol data:
- Inattentive driving accounts for 4,000 accidents annually
- Cell phone use and related distraction accounts for about 30 fatalities annually
- Distracted driving, including texting, accounts for over 700 car crash
- Of the people fatally injured in traffic accidents, a majority are motorcyclists
Liability in Texting-Related Auto Accidents
Colorado is a tort state when it comes to auto insurance claims, rather
than no-fault. The state tried no-fault laws for a few years but repealed
them in 2003. With a tort policy, drivers involved in car accidents go
to the at-fault party's insurance company to collect compensation.
Because Colorado goes by the tort principle, determining the percentage
of liability is extremely important. It is not always immediately apparent
that a driver was texting and driving at the time of the accident. This
is why a thorough investigation is important. By retaining the services
of a skilled attorney from our firm, we can evaluate your accident, your
auto insurance policy and information about the other driver involved.
In some cases, we can even get a hold of their cell phone records to see
if they were sending text messages at the time of your collision. If a
driver was texting, more than likely they should be held 100 percent at-fault
for your accident. Colorado has adopted a form of comparative/contributory
negligence laws. Even if the other driver was texting and driving, you
could be held partially liable for the accident. Drivers can collect compensation
from the at-fault driver's insurance provided that their percentage of
liability does not exceed 50 percent.
Clawson & Clawson, LLP: Serving Colorado Springs, Parker & Pueblo
personal injury lawyer from our firm if you or someone you care about has been injured
in a texting and driving collision. We also represent clients in
Pueblo, and other Colorado cities. Approximately 23 percent of all auto collisions
involve cell phones. These types of accidents can range from minor fender-benders
to major fatal accidents.
Our law firm can fight for you so that you recover full compensation to
cover the cost of property damage (repairing or replacing your car), bodily
injury (medical expenses) and we can even file a claim so that you can
recover additional medical expenses or emotional harms such as pain and
For a free evaluation of your case, call today at