San Francisco Car Accident Lawyers and the Dangers of Texting
The dangers involved with sending and reading text messages while driving has been well established. Studies have been done that have shown that engaging in this conduct can increase the chance that an accident will occur by as much as a factor of 23. Tragically, it appears that the death of a well-known plastic surgeon who was texting while driving will reinforce this reality. If you have been harmed by someone who was texting while driving, seek the help of San Francisco car accident lawyers immediately. In the meantime, below is a brief description of this tragedy.
Dr. Frank Ryan – Celebrity Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Frank Ryan was known around the world for his skill as a plastic surgeon. His list of patients included Heidi Montag among others, and he was established as a surgeon to celebrities of all walks of life. He was also extremely well-liked and when the news of his death hit the wire, it was met with a high degree of sorrow and grief.
Dr. Ryan died recently while driving near his home in Malibu. According to unofficial witness statements, Dr. Ryan enjoyed tweeting on his Twitter account. Apparently, he was tweeting a message while driving and while doing so lost control of his vehicle and went over a cliff. He was killed in the accident, and his dog who was in the car with him suffered major injuries.
Tragedies Can Serve as Reminders
Clearly, the loss of a young, productive and successful professional is a loss for the whole world, and on the surface it seems that nothing good could come from this tragedy. However, perhaps it will serve as a reminder to everyone who drives that spending time with a hand-held device while behind the wheel is dangerous and can be deadly.
This is why texting while driving has been outlawed in so many jurisdictions, and even speaking on a cell phone without the use of a hands-free device is illegal in California. It distracts drivers, and distracted drivers are one of the leading causes of car accidents both in California and the United States overall.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a driver who was looking at his or her phone/wireless device instead of the road, seek the help of experienced San Francisco car accident lawyers who have been holding negligent drivers accountable for many years. Contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.