First Coast News reported on a recent story that has made the headlines and is a warning for people who still text while driving. A woman in Oklahoma plows her vehicle in to a police car because she was on her phone. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but it’s likely the driver won’t make the same mistake again. This incredible crash involved a Midwest City Police Sergeant as he pulled this car over for a seatbelt violation. He then turned to see a woman on her cell phone headed straight for him.As the video is slowed down you can see the moment of impact — as the video drops out the officer is leaping toward the curb. The video shows the incredible damage to both the officer’s patrol car and the car which caused the accident (watch video here). Two people were transported to the hospital — the officer was not one of them. Midwest City Police say this is a frightening reminder of why you should never use your cell phone while driving. The woman behind the wheel was ticketed for inattentive driving. She was taken to the hospital with what police say were minor injuries.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the carelessness of a texting driver, contact us at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.
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