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Distracted Driving

Whether on a roadway or the interstate, drivers who take their eyes or mind off the road to read a text message, reach for something in the backseat, see what’s happening on the sidewalks, and the like cause accidents that result in serious or even fatal injuries. These activities, along with any others that make driving a secondary activity, are what cause distracted driving accidents. Whether the distracted driving action be manual (i.e. texting or calling), cognitive (i.e. daydreaming or fatigue), or visual (i.e. looking at a crash on the side of the road), drivers should be held accountable for their negligence that puts other drivers at risk.

If you or a loved one was a victim of distracted driving, contact Cannella & O’Neal’s distracted driving attorneys immediately following medical treatment. Our team has unfortunately seen first-hand how detrimental distracted driving collisions can be, causing head and neck injuries, paralysis, wrongful death, and more. Cannella & O’Neal will help you maximize your compensation for losses caused by distracted drivers.

Distracted Driving – Texting & Driving Facts

Like most other states, Virginia has laws against texting and driving – one of the most common and increasingly significant causes of distracted driving accidents. People of all ages cannot send texts or emails while driving, and if they violate these rules, they will be charged $125 for the first offense and $250 for subsequent offenses. Even though these rules are widely known, drivers still choose to take their eyes off the road to read or send a message, resulting in dangerous car accidents.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident than those who are not.
  • According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, of the 24,350 car accidents in the state of Virginia in 2018, 1,618 were caused by cell phone usage and 183 were caused by texting.

Cannella & O’Neal — Your Guide

Cannella & O’Neal’s distracted driving attorneys take pride in successfully combating distracted drivers to help victims regain stability in their lives and make Virginia’s roads safer. When you contact us following your accident, our experienced team will start building your case by finding the cause for the accident, questioning any eye witnesses, securing video footage, obtaining cell phone records of the at-fault driver, and more. Whether through settlement or trial, our team will make sure that you receive your maximum reward for the injuries, damages, or wrongful death that occurred in your distracted driving accident.

Following your distracted driving accident, contact a distracted driving attorney at Cannella and O’Neal as soon as possible so we can start working towards getting you compensation for losses or damages, including medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and more. You can contact us 24/7 by calling our Personal Injury Hotline at (800) 843-4090. You can also fill out our injury intake form, and we will respond promptly. Cannella & O’Neal can also come to you so you can focus on recovering.


Our attorneys service a wide range of areas throughout the State of Virginia, including:

  • Richmond
  • Henrico
  • Chesterfield
  • Fredericksburg
  • Petersburg
  • Halifax
  • Portsmouth
  • Fairfax
  • Caroline County
  • Tappahannock
  • Buckingham County
  • Lynchburg