Distracted Driving Accidents
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Though driving is now a part of daily life for most Americans, it
can be an extremely dangerous, and even fatal, activity. As such,
in order to protect themselves and others, drivers need to devote
their full attention to the roads when they are in car.
Unfortunately, modern technology has provided plenty of
distractions for drivers and these distractions are causing
accidents at a higher rate than ever.
If you have been in an accident with a distracted driver and are
wondering what your case might be worth, call us at (888)-281-6991
for a free consultation with a car accident attorney. If we don’t
reach a favorable result in your case, you don’t owe us anything.
What is Distracted Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), distracted driving is essentially any activity that takes
away from the task of safe driving. This includes talking or
texting on the phone, eating, speaking with passengers, and
anything that diverts your attention from the road. Any non-driving
activity that you engage in is potentially a distraction and
increases your risk of crashing.
The most alarming distraction that modern drivers engage in is
texting. On average, sending a text while driving takes your eyes
off of the road for about five seconds. If you are driving at 55
mph, then this is essentially equivalent to driving the length of a
football field with your eyes closed.
Distracted driving is one of the most pressing issues facing
drivers and lawmakers in America. In 2017 alone, in fact, 3,166
people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that involved a
distracted driver. Focusing on driving as your one and only
priority when behind the wheel is the best way to protect yourself
and the other drivers on the road.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving
As mentioned previously, distracted driving can take on a lot of
forms. In today’s world, there is really no end to the possible
distractions when behind the wheel. However, a few of the more
common causes of distracted driving include:
Texting and Talking
This is by far the most common form of distracted driving. Texting
is especially dangerous because it takes your eyes off the road.
However, talking, even when done through a hands-free system, can
still divert your attention away from the road.
Talking to Passengers
This sort of distraction is difficult to deal with because it feels
very natural to talk with the passengers in your car—in fact, you
may even feel that you are being rude by not talking to them.
However, it is still important to make sure that you are keeping
your eyes on the road and not sacrificing safety for the sake of
Fiddling with the radio dial or skipping to the next song on your
playlist are more activities that feel perfectly natural when
you’re driving in the car. However, they are still distractions.
Make sure that you only make adjustments while the car is stopped,
or better yet, have a passenger control the music.
What to Do After an Accident with a Distracted Driver
After the dust has settled on your accident, it is important to
complete a few key steps in order to keep yourself from getting any
further injuries and to preserve any potential claim that you may
1. Seek Medical Attention
First and foremost, it is important to address any injuries that
you may have sustained in the accident. Taking care of injuries
quickly minimizes the risk that they will worsen with time. In
addition, if there is a large span of time between your accident
and when you sought medical attention, insurance companies or other
parties in your lawsuit may try to argue that your injuries must
not be very severe
2. Gather Information
Once you have addressed your medical needs, it is time to start to
gather evidence that may become relevant to your case. This
includes things like medical records, receipts for repairs to
personal property, and evidence of lost wages or sick days used
from your employer. It is difficult to determine what may become
important later on, so be as thorough as possible with this step.
3. Contact an Attorney
The field of personal injury is complex, and there are a lot of
potential pitfalls to fall into with any possible claim. An
experienced attorney may be able to help guide you through the
process and seek the maximum compensation that may be available to
Common Injuries From Car Accidents
From fender-benders to high-speed collisions, car accidents can
vary greatly in