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Distracted driver sentenced after Ohio crash

Earlier this week we discussed the findings of a recent study that distracted driving is more prevalent among teens than their parents may think. Distractions such as text messaging or talking on hand-held cellphones are major contributors to motor vehicle accidents.

The dangers of distracted driving were put front and center during a recent criminal trial. An Ohio motorist was sentenced for his involvement in an accident that ended the life of a ten-year-old girl

According to court testimony, the man was driving on State Route 93 when he was distracted by an incoming text message. He rear-ended a vehicle, pushing it into incoming traffic where it was hit. The woman driving and her son were injured but not seriously. Her ten-year-old daughter, however, died later the same day.

The driver pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He appeared in court to express how sorry he was for causing the crash.

He was sentenced to 59 months total for the multiple counts. He received credit for 715 days served and will serve about three more years before he is released. Motorists in accidents like this may be civilly, as well as criminally, liable if a victim decides to sue for damages.

A serious motor vehicle accident can throw your life into disarray but you don't have to pick up the pieces alone. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted or negligent driver, it may be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. They can help you review your case, pursue any appropriate claims and allow you to focus on getting your life back on track.

Source: The Perry Daily, "Texting driver gets prison in Ohio crash," Nov. 29, 2012

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