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Texting and driving commonplace for college students?

In terms of quality higher education, California is tough to beat. California is home to some of the best colleges and universities. Some college students, however, do not always make the safest choices.

A recent study highlights one of the riskier behaviors many college students engage in, which is texting and driving. The study found that four out of five college students either sent or received text messages while behind the wheel. The study also revealed that men are more likely to text while driving. Previous studies have suggested that texting while driving impairs the driver in a similar manner as drunk driving. In some cases, texting while driving may be even more dangerous than drunk driving because the driver’s reaction time when texting may be even slower than when intoxicated.

A car accident caused by another driver texting and driving can cause serious property damage, severe bodily harm or even death. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can allow the victim of a texting and driving accident to recover monetary compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Depending on the nature of the injuries, the victim can receive several different types of damages.

Victims can receive a monetary award for medical expenses already incurred, future medical expenses and pain and suffering damages. The former categories are designed to reimburse victims for expenses incurred as a result of the accident. The latter category of damages is to compensate victims for the mental anguish associated with the injuries the victim has suffered.

Californians involved in a car accident when the other driver was texting and driving – whether it is a college student or seasoned professional – may feel angry that the other driver behaved so irresponsibly. Filing a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney can allow victims to receive compensation for the unfortunate after effects of an accident.