Woman texting while driving crashes car into Knoxville home

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 14, 2011

A Knoxville woman was arrested after she was involved in a single-car accident that caused serious property damage to a home on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The 29-year-old woman was returning home from work when, police officers say, she was texting while driving, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. The woman drove the car off the road, hitting a fire hydrant and then the front porch of the home.

The driver is also suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. She was charged with texting while driving, DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Luckily, no one was injured in the car accident. The homeowners were not home at the time of the crash, and the driver was not hurt in the incident. There was substantial property damage to the front porch of the home, however.

While the dangers of texting and driving have gained nationwide recognition, some drivers continue to text while driving. According to national statistics, distracted driving contributes to more than 5,000 motor vehicle fatalities each year.

After a serious car accident, it can be difficult to determine whether the at-fault driver was texting or was otherwise distracted by an electronic device. That's why it's important for a car accident victim to speak with a personal injury attorney who has experience investigating accidents that involve driver distraction. A lawyer will understand how to obtain important records, such as cell phone reports, to show that the driver failed to exercise care while driving.

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