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Texting While Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents nationwide. Nowadays, adolescents are not the only drivers likely to be distracted by loud music, phone calls, or texting.

Texting and driving has become a serious issue in more recent years as people are becoming far more attached to electronic devices.

In 2015 alone, statistics show that 15,574 auto collisions in Colorado were related to distracted driving. In Colorado, there has been a steady increase in distracted driving related fatalities. From 2014 to 2015, the number of distracted driving related fatalities increased 13 percent.

Specifically, texting while driving makes it increasingly difficult for drivers to maintain proper focus on the road and to steer clear of other drivers. Many recent studies show that texting while driving leads to more accidents than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Attorney for Texting While Driving Accidents in Denver, Colorado

If you were injured in an accident with a driver who you believe may have been texting while driving, Jennifer Donaldson of Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson is here to help you.

Act quickly after the motor vehicle accident in Denver, Colorado, to retain an attorney who can obtain the negligent driver’s phone records to see if texting while driving or using a cell phone placed a role in the accident.

With more than 28 years of experience as a personal injury attorney, Jennifer Donaldson is prepared to walk you through the difficult process of seeking fair compensation for your injuries.

If you were involved in an auto accident in the Denver County area, and wish to take legal action to recover the damages you are rightfully owed, call Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303)-458-5000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Easily accessible from the Auraria Parkway, Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson also accepts clients in Aurora Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, and surrounding areas. We also accept clients in Arapahoe County, Adams County, and Jefferson County.

Texting While Operating a Motor Vehicle under C.R.S. 42-4-239

Effective August 8, 2009, Colorado Statute §42-4-239 states the following:

  1. Individuals less than eighteen (18) years old are prohibited from using wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle;
  2. Individuals eighteen (18) years or older are prohibited from using a wireless telephone to engage in text messaging or other forms of manual data transmission or entry while operating a motor vehicle.

Neither of these restrictions will apply when an individual uses a wireless telephone for the following reasons:

  1. The individual uses the wireless telephone to contact a public safety entity; or
  2. During an emergency.

Any individual who violates this statute commits a class A traffic infraction. This category of infraction carries a fine of $50. For individuals with a second or subsequent violation of this statute, the fine is increased to $100.

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Additional Resources

Vehicle and Traffic Infractions under Colorado Law- Visit the Colorado Official State Web Portal website of the Colorado State government to find out more about Colorado’s restrictions on the use of wireless telephones while driving. This website provides information on Colorado’s most recent traffic offense statutes and related penalties. Also, find helpful tips on safe driving for road conditions, emergency preparedness, and contact information for emergency lines.

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Find an Attorney for Texting and Driving Accidents in Denver County

Getting your life back in order after an auto collision can be difficult. Depending on the severity of the accident, injuries and damages to your person and your property can be overwhelming. At Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson, Jennifer Donaldson is dedicated to getting through these difficult times.

Jennifer Donaldson also serves clients in Glendale, Holly Hills, Commerce City, Northglenn, Berkley, Dakota Ridge, Lakewood, Edgewater, Mountain View, Wheat Ridge, Lakeside, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Bow Mar, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village, and Greenwood Village.

If you were injured in an auto collision in Colorado, call (303)-458-5000 to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney about your legal options.

This article was last updated on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

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