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The Consequences of Texting While Driving in Nevada

Personal injury attorneys have seen first-hand how texting and driving shatters lives. For your sake and those you love, we hope you take the time to assess the consequences of texting and driving. It’s not just the smart thing to do; it could save your life and that of an innocent person.

A Life is Not Worth a Text

There’s no subtle way of getting around the fact that death is the most serious consequence of texting and driving, claiming at least 3,477 American lives in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The actual number, we suspect, may be much higher since many people are probably disinclined to admit to a police officer they were texting in the midst of a fatal car accident. Police often must find evidence of the infraction, which is not as simple as it may sound. Meanwhile, nearly 400,000 people were injured in “distracted driving” accidents in 2015.

Adults may point a wagging finger at teenage drivers, who tend to be accident-prone (and ticket-prone) in the first few years after getting a driver’s license. Many studies have found ample support for this presumption, with one from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finding that a full 25 percent of teens respond to a text message at least once every time they drive. However, about half of teens say they have observed their parents text while driving, too.

Weigh the Financial Consequences

The state of Nevada outlawed texting and driving in 2012. Consider the financial consequences:

  • A fine of $50 for a first offense.
  • A fine of $100 for a second offense within seven years.
  • A fine of $250 for third and subsequent offenses.
  • Higher fines may be assessed for texting in traffic control zones.
  • Second and subsequent offenses also carry four so-called “demerit” points, which are applied to a driver’s record and may result in a driver’s license being suspended or revoked if too many points accumulate within a certain time period.
  • The court also may assess “additional administrative fees.”

There are a few exceptions. Drivers may use a hands-free headset to touch their phones to “activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.” And they may text to report a “medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity.”

Contact Personal Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas

If you have been in an accident caused by someone texting and driving, the personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez are here to help. Serving the Southern Nevada community for over 45 years they have seen the consequences of texting and driving and have helped those affected receive the compensation they deserve. Contact the personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.