Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Distracted driving car accidents caused well over 431,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities last year, making it one of the most significant concerns for drivers around the country.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Driving a car when your eyes, hands, or mind are occupied with something else is distracted driving. Typically, it is anything that draws the driver’s attention from the road. Distracted driving can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Using a cell phone or other portable device.
- Reaching into a separate part of the vehicle.
- Adjusting the MP3 player, car radio, or CD player.
- Reading a GPS gadget or map.
- Communicating with passengers.
- Personal grooming, such as looking in the rear-view mirror or applying makeup.
Using a hands-free phone or Bluetooth while driving is also a dangerous diversion. Driving safely entails always focusing your undivided and complete attention on the path.
Developing Your Case
When developing your case, it may be hard to prove the other driver was distracted at the moment of the accident. If the other driver was looking out the windshield, texting, leaning forward, or engaging in any other dangerous conduct, you possibly did not realize.
A personal injury lawyer will investigate the circumstances of your accident to establish that the other driver engaged in destructive behavior. They should do the following to demonstrate that the driver was distracted during the time of the accident:
- Using a warrant to obtain the details of the other driver’s mobile phone. Using such documents, an attorney will show that the driver was using his/her phone or sending a message during the accident.
- Interrogating key witnesses to see if anybody noticed what the other driver was doing in the moments leading up to the collision. If the driver was looking down, it might be he was texting or browsing on his phone or computer.
- Obtaining video footage from surveillance cameras in the region.
- A savvy personal injury attorney will issue a subpoena for the other driver’s motor vehicle record to see if he has a history of reckless driving or traffic violations.
- Check the other driver’s car to see what he/she was doing at the time of the collision. For instance, if there are snacks on the floor, the driver might have been eating when the accident happened.
- Question the other driver at a hearing, under oath.
Contact Karnas Law Firm
At Karnas Law Firm, our seasoned personal injury lawyers have the resources and skills to review and collect information needed to figure out what transpired. They know how to put together a convincing argument.
In certain situations, they reach an agreement when the at-fault driver admits liability and their insurance provider acts responsibly. Other cases resolve in court. Your counsel will not rest until you receive the compensation you deserve. Get started by scheduling a free consultation today with an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your case or call us at: (520) 462-3886 .