Each day nine people in the United States are killed in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Over 1,000 people sustain injuries daily in distracted driving related accidents. With the spread of cellphones, it is estimated that drivers who text behind the wheel are 6 times more likely to get into an accident than by drunk driving. Yet, distracted driving involves more than just cellphone usage.
What defines distracted driving? And what should you do if you are ever in a distracted driving accident? At Brylak Law, we can help you bring a claim against the person who caused your injuries.
What Defines Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs when a driver averts their attention away from the road.
There are three types of distracted driving:
- Visual: when a driver’s eyes are off the road
- Manual: when a driver’s hands come off the wheel
- Cognitive: when a driver’s mind is not on the road
Examples of distracted driving may include the following:
- Texting or checking emails on cell phones
- Eating while behind the wheel
- Switching songs on a music app
- Applying makeup
- Talking with passengers
- Adjusting the radio
- Playing around with a GPS device
- Gawking at roadside attractions
Chances are, you have probably encountered drivers doing one of the above activities. If so, and you have been injured in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, what should you do?
A Distracted Driving Lawyer Can Help You
Anybody that gets behind the wheel of a vehicle holds a duty to other motorists and pedestrians to operate that vehicle safely. If you are injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, a car accident lawyer at Brylak Law will help you seek justice.
Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable
Medical bills for car accidents can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars pretty quickly. If you are seriously injured to the point of needing surgery or rehabilitation, you’re looking at medical bills with an astronomical price tag. There is also your vehicle to worry about. What if your vehicle is totaled in the accident?
With a good car accident lawyer, negligent drivers will be held accountable to pay for all your medical bills and any other losses that you suffer. These losses include damages to your vehicle and wages lost from missing work due to the accident. Negligent drivers will also be responsible for non-economic damages as well, like suffering or pain.
How to Prove You Were in a Distracted Driving Accident
First things first. Get yourself a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. If you suspect that your car accident arose due to distracted driving, a car accident attorney can help provide evidence.
For example, if you believe your accident was caused by texting while driving, your lawyer will subpoena phone records from the negligent driver to help prove your case.
But what else can car accident lawyers do? We will also:
- Conduct a full investigation of the collision
- Consult an accident reconstruction expert
- Gather a full report to the extent of injuries suffered
- Interview eyewitnesses that saw the crash
- Contact the negligent driver’s insurance company and negotiate terms
- Compile a complete list of damages
- Provide an evaluation of the negligent driver’s assets
Don’t wait any longer. If you suffered injury in a car accident, contact Brylak Law today.
Contact an Accident Lawyer Today
We are an experienced personal injury law firm that specializes in car accident claims. Will help you fight negligent drivers and hold them accountable for their actions. Call Brylak Law at (210) 405-7274 today.