Alabama's Personal Injury Lawyer
Alabama's Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted Driving Lawyer

Distracted Driving Lawyer

You may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Hiring an experienced distracted driving lawyer will help ensure you get the most compensation possible to focus on healing and getting your life back. It's crucial you do not talk to the responsible person for insurance, as insurance companies work to give you the least amount possible to protect their bottom line. Your injury lawyer will aggressively fight for you and your loved ones.

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How Will a Personal Injury Attorney Be Able to Help Me?

Your injury lawyer has a vast knowledge of the personal injury area of practice. Getting the right amount of compensation involves working with a distracted driving attorney because they can acquire enough evidence to support your claim. The payment can cover your:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • and other expenses

How Much Does an Injury Lawyer Cost?

At Mezrano Law, we work on a contingency basis for premises liability and personal injury. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. At Mezrano Law, we offer contingency fee schedules for other lawyers, such as:

What is Driving Distracted?

The U.S. Department of Transportation defines driving distracted as "performing any activity that can divert the driver's attention." Driving while distracted has caused many accidents, from minor to deadly.

3 Types of Distractions While Driving

There are many ways a driver can become distracted and cause a severe accident, injuring innocent people.

1. Visual Distractions

A driver can take their eyes off the road to look at the mirror to check the blind spot before changing lanes. However, prolonged checking without focusing on the road can be a risk. It can risk the lives of passengers and other road users, such as pedestrians. Visual distraction may manifest itself in varying forms, such as:

  • Using a Cell phone
  • Adjusting music
  • Tending to kids
  • Engaging in grooming activities.

2. Manual Distractions

While visual distraction has something to do with sight, manual distraction involves any activity that may make a driver take their hands off the wheel. The various types of manual distractions include:

  • Adjusting lights
  • Smoking
  • Reaching for something in the backseat
  • Drinking or eating.
  • Making phone calls.

3. Cognitive Distractions.

This involves losing focus on the task at hand. Anger, stress, or being upset can let your mind wander, resulting in not paying keen attention on the road. Forms of cognitive distractions include:

  • Allowing road rage to take over.
  • Talking to a passenger.
  • Racing other cars.
  • Being in a hurry to the extent of paying no attention to the surrounding.

Driving while distracted can cause severe injuries and death. Let's say the injured person was the breadwinner of the family. Will the loved ones die of hunger because the provider cannot be in a position to provide anymore? This is where a distracted driving lawyer comes into play. With the help of an injury lawyer, you can get compensated to take care of your family's needs.

What do Statistics say about driving while distracted?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA), the United States Department of Transport (DOT), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics point out that:

  • Teenagers who text and drive are out of their lanes 10% of the time.
  • About 19% of drivers admit that they use the website while driving.
  • 3477 fatalities and 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted drivers in 2015.
  • The use of cell phones contributes to 60% of total car accidents.
  • Of the 97% of teens who say texting and driving are hazardous, only 43% agree that they do it anyway.
  • Approximately 1000 people are injured, and nine are killed each day due to driving distracted.

Even though there are no federal legislations to stop cell phone use while driving, several laws prohibit using cell phones by some government workers. They include:

  • In 2009, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employees from texting while using government equipment or conducting business.
  • A restriction put forward by the Federal Railroad Administration. This restriction prohibited using any form of electronic device while on the job.
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Authority Ban. This ban prohibits truck drivers from texting on their cell phones while driving.

Recoverable Damages for Driving Distracted

Financial stress usually comes after suffering from a distracted driving accident. The only way to ensure you do not incur the expenses associated with the accident, you can claim compensation. In the event, the insurance company will do its best to ensure it reduces the amount of payment. But what if you consider working with a distracted driving attorney? In the hand of an injury lawyer, count yourself safe.

The distracted driving lawyer will fight on your behalf to ensure you win the case and get the proper compensation. Some of the recoverable damages the injury lawyers will help you get compensation for include:

  • Lost wages.
  • Going to the doctor's appointment.
  • Damage to the property.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Vehicle replacement or repair.
  • Pain and suffering.

6 Ways of Avoiding Driving Distracted

1. Avoid Answering Cell Phones while Driving

Cell phones contribute to 60 % of accidents caused by distractions. Avoiding these accidents is easy and does not cause any cent to go out of your pocket. Pullover or stop at the red light if you want to answer a call.

2. Do not Eat while Driving

It's normal to feel hungry, but eating and driving are not sure ways to satisfy hunger. However, you can pull over and enjoy your meal without putting the life of anyone at risk.

3. Let the Music Play

Don't adjust the radio while driving because you lose focus and run into another vehicle. Instead, stop at a red light and do whatever you want with the radio.

4. Use a Free Hand Device

This is crucial in preventing you from touching your phone or changing your music with your hands.

5. Know your State's Law

Some states have harsh penalties for individuals who are spotted driving while distracted. I hope you don't want to face license suspension or risk a fine.

6. Put to use a Texting Blocking App

Some apps can detect when one is driving. By seeing it blocks texts, notifications, and calls from reaching your phone until you make a stop.

Contact Our Injury Lawyers Today

Negligence can cause unintended injuries and, to some extent, death. Therefore, filing a claim against the at-fault drivers may not be as easy as one may think. This is because obtaining proper proof may be difficult, especially proving that the at-fault driver was distracted by a mobile phone.

This is why contact with a distracted driving attorney can be crucial. When looking for a distracted driving lawyer, you should ensure that the injury lawyer knows how to preserve mobile phone records, which will be used as proof.

In addition, distracted driving attorneys should be able to know how to force the provider (cell phone providers) to produce the record in a format. Don't wait until you get involved in a distracted driving accident; you can start working hand-in-hand with a distracted driving attorney as early as now.

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