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Reckless driving, distraction to blame in fatal accident

When people in California are granted the privilege to drive, they are also agreeing to abide by the rules of the road and to avoid distractions that could compromise their ability to make responsible decisions. While many people do not see a momentary distraction as an immediate danger, it only takes a millisecond for that distraction to turn into a dangerous hazard. 

For one man in Arizona, the decision to text while he was driving ultimately led to the death of an innocent bystander, a police officer who had just finished with a traffic stop. Witnesses reported seeing the man abruptly cross multiple lanes of traffic as he appeared to be looking down at his phone. An initial investigation revealed that the man made no effort to slow his car and there were no visible skid marks to indicate that he had tried to prevent the collision. 

The deceased police officer was standing near another vehicle after having performed a routine traffic stop when he was struck by the barreling car. When the man was interviewed by authorities, he admitted that his decision to text and drive was ultimately what caused the collision. He told authorities that he and his wife had been discussing their plans for the evening and he was unaware of any flashing lights. 

If people have been injured because of the reckless decisions of another person, they may wish to hire an attorney to represent their case. This decision may enable them to focus on their recovery as a legal professional takes over the task of compiling and presenting evidence to give the victim the best chance at getting compensation for the injuries they have sustained. 

Source: newser.com, "Police: Officer Killed by Driver Texting Wife About Evening," Evann Gastaldo, Jan. 10, 2019

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