Distracted driving, or texting while behind the wheel, is exceedingly dangerous. It only takes a few seconds of inattention for an accident can occur.That is exactly what happened when Jessica Sowell was arrested. She is currently facing the charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle, texting while driving, trafficking heroin as well as other related charges.
Investigators say that Sowell’s Nissan Altima crossed the center lane on Mount Holly Road and hit Casey Townsend’s GMC Yukon in a head-on collision just after 12:00 a.m.
Townsend was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
Sowell did admit to police officers that she had been using her cellphone at the time of the accident. Neither alcohol nor speed played a factor in the fatal crash.
The statistics are clear. According to a recent study, those drivers who use their cellphones or smart phones to text while they are driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those drivers who do not text and drive. Texting behind the wheel is even more dangerous than those who drive under the influence of alcohol. At 55 miles per hour, it takes less than five seconds for a vehicle to ravel the length equal to that of a football field. If someone has their eyes off the road for that distance, it’s a situation that can prove to be deadly.
When a driver has been texting and driving gets into an accident, it is very easy to prove by obtaining records from the driver’s cellphone or wireless provider. If a person is found guilty of texting and driving, penalties can be as high as for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. There is often jail or prison time, high fines and civil damages to compensate victims and their families.
If you or someone you love has been injured or has tragically lost their life in an accident involving texting while driving, give the offices of Auger and Auger a call. Having solid legal counsel on your side to represent you is important.