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Drunken Text Messages Presented as Evidence in Two Car Accident Cases
In separate cases, one in Ft. Lauderdale and one in Miami, suspects are being tried with their own text messages as evidence against them.
In Ft. Lauderdale, a judge handed down a 24-year prison sentence and 6 years of probation after the sentence is carried out. The suspect was driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway with a blood alcohol concentration twice the legal limit when she collided with another car carrying two 21-year-old women. Both women died from their injuries while the suspect suffered broken bones in her legs. The suspect tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” just hours before the accident.
In the Miami case, the suspect sent texts to her boyfriend that read “Driving drunk woo” and “I’ll be dead thanks to you.” She was going through a breakup, and had a friend in the car with her, when she collided with a truck. She and the truck driver survived, but her friend did not. The suspect pled not guilty, and this case is still being tried.
Do I Need to Worry About Texting on the Road?
Text and drive accidents are becoming a modern epidemic with an estimated 1.3 million crashes involving cell phones in 2011. Many teens—34 percent—of teens with cell phones say they have texted while driving, while 27 percent of adults will admit that they have texted while driving. Statistics from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute show that you are 23 times more likely to crash while texting.
If you have been injured or suffered a loss due to someone else’s texting and driving, let the injury attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson help you. Check out our auto accident page to see how we have helped victims of negligence get the support they need.
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