Injured Student Sues Texting Driver for Head-on-Collision

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Our client, J.R. was a 20-year-old student driving home from college to Sioux City, Iowa when an oncoming vehicle suddenly swerved out of its lane and collided head-on with J.R’s Volkswagen Passat. He found himself trapped amid shattered glass and acrid airbag fumes. His dog lay dying nearby.

Paramedics arrived and immediately transported him to a nearby hospital. The high-speed collision shattered J.R’s pelvis so severely that local doctors ordered him airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for a complex emergency surgery on his pelvis, surgical repair of a cracked knee cap, and treatment of his other injuries.

Given the extreme wreckage and inexplicable loss of control, police at the scene immediately suspected that the other driver had been intoxicated. Upon investigating, police found that the he had been texting.


“Our experience is that texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking while driving,”

Attorney Eric Hageman

Eric is not alone in making this comparison. In July 2009 The New York Times published previously unreleased documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggest using a cell phone while driving is on par with driving drunk. A June 2009 report by Car and Driver magazine tested the theory and found that reaction times were much worse than while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The dangers of this kind of activity while driving have been a point of discussion among lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups as well. The Department of Transportation held a Distracted Driving Summit in September 2009, after which President Obama banned federal employees from texting while driving. The Transportation Department also plans to ban it for bus and truck drivers who cross state lines, and the National Safety Council has called for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving.

“Every year we represent more and more people injured by drivers who are texting,” said attorney Eric Hageman. He’s been advocating a ban on the use of cell phones while driving and stiffer penalties for people who cause accidents while engaging in this activity. “Policy makers need to catch up to what is clearly a growing public safety problem,” he said.

Eric Hageman and his team of attorneys help injured people like J.R. sue negligent drivers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and across the country for accidents like this head-on collision.

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