Distracted drivers cause an average of 700 motor vehicle accidents every single day. Many of these are minor annoyances. Some of these result in serious injury. A handful result in death. All are completely avoidable.
When you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver, you have every right to hold that person accountable for damages including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. The problem is, proving distraction is not always easy.
Conducting an Investigation
When you are involved in an accident, an investigation must be conducted into its cause. This may be done initially by emergency responders. Insurance adjusters may take a crack at it as well. Neither of these parties will have your best interests in mind.
It can be very useful to have your own lawyer conduct an investigation. This helps to ensure that all possible factors are considered and the truly liable party is held to account.
When it comes to distracted driving, your lawyer may look for any indication of visual, manual, or cognitive distraction that could have contributed to the crash. Most forms of distraction, including eating and drinking, personal grooming, and adjusting controls, are legal, but your lawyer is not looking for illegal behaviors, he or she is looking for negligent behaviors, which needn’t be the same thing.
Do Your Part
Of course, avoiding an accident is preferable to taking legal action after being injured. You can help prevent causing an accident by:
- Keeping your eyes on the road at all times
- Keeping your hands on the wheel (or another operational control) at all times
- Keeping your mind on the road at all times
Paying attention to driving allows you to react appropriately when someone else is distracted. It also helps prevent you from harming someone else with your own inattention.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a great time to reflect on our habits and make positive changes to help protect everyone on the road, but even the safest among us can’t always avoid an accident. If you are injured through someone else’s negligence, please call Brown & Brown at 314-333-3333 or 618-888-8888 to schedule a free consultation today.