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Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

Injured in a Crash With a Distracted Driver?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any activity a driver engages in that isn’t driving is a potential crash-causing distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,477 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015.

The United States Department of Transportation defines the three main types of distracted driving as follows:

  • Visual — taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Research has indicated that even the use of hands-free phone conversations can cause drivers to miss visual and audio cues that could help them avoid an auto accident. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) estimated that at a typical daylight moment in 2014, there were 587,632 passenger vehicles driven by people using hand-held cellphones.

UNITED STATES DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2015, there were 3,196 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
    • 3,477 people were killed in those wrecks
  • An estimated 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014
  • Distracted driving is a factor in 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle wrecks and 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident injuries
  • In 2014, there were 551 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes
  • 322 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver between the age of 15 and 19
  • The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds
    • At 55 mph, this is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded

ACTIVITIES THAT CAUSE DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASHES

Although the advent and increased popularity of smartphones has lead to an increase in distracted driving crashes, there are other popular activities that people take part in while driving that could cause a serious accident.

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DISTRACTED DRIVING INJURY ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.

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Distracted Driving Accident FAQs

Do you have pressing questions regarding your accident with a distracted driver? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced automobile accident lawyer at anytime.

  • What do I do if I'm in a car accident?

    If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should never leave the scene; otherwise, you could face criminal charges. Your first step is to call an ambulance if someone has been injured. Make sure your vehicle is not creating a hazard to other motorists by moving it from traffic, when possible. Call the police and file an accident report. Never admit liability — this is a legal matter that will be investigated later. Be sure to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses, or others involved in the accident. It is also a good idea to take photographs to document skid marks, vehicle damage, road obstructions, and injuries.

  • I feel fine. Should I still see a doctor after my automobile accident?

    Definitely. Many times injuries sustained during an automobile accident are not recognized or noticeable until days or weeks after the accident. This means that even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering from internal injuries. You should always seek medical attention after being involved in an auto accident. When you do see the doctor, make sure to mention any complaint you may have, no matter how minor. Don’t play medical expert and evaluate the importance of a symptom. If you did not cause the auto accident, the law allows you to seek and receive compensation for any medical bills you have incurred after the collision.

  • Why do I need a police report (aka Uniform Crash Report)?

    Your attorney needs a copy of the police report (also called a Uniform Crash Report or accident report) for a number of reasons: to get information about the other driver involved in the accident; to get information about the driver’s insurance company; and to see what the police have recorded about how the accident occurred. If the police report is inaccurate, your attorney will contact the investigating officer because it’s important to get it corrected as quickly as possible in order to avoid clouding the facts and casting any questions on liability on you.

  • Can I file a claim against a driver in an injury accident if I’m a passenger?

    If you were injured in a car accident as a passenger, you can file a personal injury claim against whichever driver was found to be at fault for the accident, regardless of whether the at-fault driver was at the wheel of the vehicle in which you were riding.

  • What should I do if the at-fault driver flees the scene?

    Unfortunately, hit and run collisions leave many people injured every year. If you’re involved in such an accident, you should NOT try to follow or chase the other car. Instead, you should do the best to remember the following: license plate number, a description of the driver, and the color, make, and model of the car. Regardless of how much information you’re able to get, you should immediately call the police. It is crucial to make sure that a report is filed, as this will play an extremely important role in your claim. You can follow up and request a copy of this report later. It is also vital to seek immediate medical attention for any injuries you have suffered — your safety should be your top priority.

  • What is the definition of “negligence?”

    Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. A person is negligent if he or she does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation. For more than 25 years, we have represented thousands of individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others in automobile accidents, slip/fall accidents, dog bites, accidents that occur on someone’s property, defective products, and medical malpractice. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, contact our office for a free, no-hassle consultation.

  • How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?

    The time limit placed on bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is called the “statute of limitations.” It is important to file a legal action within this period because if you don’t, you may forfeit your right to compensation for any damages suffered. In most cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. The statutes of limitations vary from state to state, and they may differ depending on the type of claim.

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