Posted on March 7, 2018
Last March 2017, a 54-year-old named Linda Irie was driving along when all of a sudden, a 17-year-old named Noah Alexander DeDear rear-ended her vehicle. All three of the people in her vehicle including her, her 9-year-old granddaughter Brooklynn Newville, and her grandson 5-year-old Jace Newville, were killed instantly. Family members associated with the accident believe that DeDear was reading a text when the accident occurred.
An update on the case from this week reveals that DeDear will be standing trial as an adult in the death of all three, with three counts of second-degree manslaughter. Family members were pleased to see he would not be charged as a minor in the fatal distracted driving accident.
The Truth Behind Texting and Driving
Distracted driving, especially reading text messages while driving, is an extremely dangerous action that can lead to devastating results. In 2015, over 3,400 lives were lost in these horrific accidents. Texting is known to be one of the most alarming distractions on our roadways because, if you send a text, you could be taking your eyes off the road for the entire length of a football field. As we see in the fatal distracted driving accident involving three victims, the consequences can be dire.
If you have been involved in an accident where a party was driving distracted, you could bring a case against a liable party for the damages that result. In many states, there are bans that put restrictions on people’s use of cell phones while driving. Driving distracted is negligent and reckless in many cases, which means you may be able to recover compensation from a party like medical bills, lost wages, and physical suffering associated with your accident.
At the McGuire Law Firm, we want to hear from you if you have been injured in a serious accident and need our help. Call us as soon as possible at 888-352-0624.