Distracted Driving Accidents
Every individual on the road has a responsibility to pay attention to their environment. This not only keeps them safe but also neighboring automobile drivers who are sharing the road with them. Distracted driving is rampant, creating chaos whenever drivers take their eyes off the road. In 2020, distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives, according to the NHTSA. When someone else was negligent in some way and caused an accident at no fault of your own, you can receive compensation. Our car accident attorneys can prove that you should be compensated by showing how the other party was negligent. Get the help you need now and call Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. for a free consultation.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Anytime a driver is in an automobile that is operative on the road and stops paying attention to what is happening around them, this is distracted driving. Drivers are expected to keep their eyes focused on what’s ahead of them to make sure they are alert at all times. When they fail to do that, it can create danger for anyone close enough to get into an accident with a negligent driver. Distracted driving can come in many forms. When concerning cellphone usage, this can include texting, making phone calls, sending emails, GPS mapping, taking pictures or videos, and more. Other ways distracted driving can occur is due to back seat distractions, such as taking care of small children, attending to pets, and engaging with other passengers in the car.
What Do Lawyers Do To Help?
Our firm’s job is to prove that the other party was neglectful in some way. In this case, this means that your attorney must collect evidence to show the connection between your accident and the other party’s actions. Here are some reliable ways that your attorney can reveal how the distracted driving accident occurred:
Cell Phone Records
Only a lawyer can file a subpoena in order to demand that the other party’s phone company release their cellphone usage data. This way, your lawyer can find out if the other party was texting at the time of the accident. The billing data can be used as evidence to show that the other driver was distracted before the crash.
Traffic Camera Footage
With the help of your attorney, they can obtain footage from any traffic cameras that were nearby the accident. If the accident was caught on camera, they can then analyze the video and identify where traffic violations occurred. It may be possible to visibly see what the other driver was doing on camera, proving their neglectful activity.
If you don’t have any reliable evidence to go off of, it is also possible to obtain witness statements. This could be pedestrians, other drivers, passengers, and anyone else who witnessed the accident. Your attorney can reach out to the witnesses to get their opinion on what occurred and if they noticed that the other driver was swaying in their lane, frequently holding their phone, or other strange behavior before the accident.
Your attorney will retrieve your police report explaining what happened at the accident scene. Police that arrive at the crash scene will review what happened before the accident and ask everyone who was involved questions. Even if you were honest, the other party may not be providing false input. Despite this, the police will still mention who was at fault in the accident if it’s discernible and write a citation for the individual who was driving improperly if they broke a traffic law. This can support your case if the other party was negligent.
What Other Information Do I Need?
In addition to the above evidence, you should also prepare for your settlement case by providing your medical bills to your attorney. You should also describe the pain and suffering you endured because of your injuries. Pain and suffering, although not billed to you, is an important part of your settlement compensation. If you missed time from work, this can also be compensated for. Let your attorney know that you lost income, and if you expect to miss additional wages in the future, your attorney can also calculate how much you should receive in damages.
How Do I Initiate My Distracted Driving Accident Claim?
Your next steps are to learn more about what type of accident you’ve been in and how it should be handled. Work with intelligent attorneys who have experience in distracted driving cases. If your accident was indeed caused by distracted driving, your lawyer can perform an investigation and use one of the methods above and various other strategies. Contact Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. today for a free consultation.
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