Texting and Driving Don’t Mix
Cell phone use and texting while driving have grown into an enormous threat on our roadways. As catastrophic injury lawyers, many of the injury cases we handle involve distracted drivers. In addition to texting, there are many other distractions include eating, drinking, talking with passengers, as well as using in-car electronics and other devices. Although less obvious distractions such as sleeping behind the wheel, daydreaming or emotional imbalances also can be very dangerous situations for drivers.
Distracted Driver & Texting While Driving Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been affected as a result of a distracted driver, call the Avery Law Firm now at (866) 9-URGENT [987-4368]. The initial consultation is free, and if we agree to accept your case, we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a settlement or recovery of funds. There is no reason to hesitate. Contact us today for a free initial evaluation of your case.
Distracted driver texting while driving lawsuits typically fall into the following categories:
- Negligence: If there is sufficient evidence to prove that a driver involved in an accident was distracted, that will generally result in a finding of driver negligence.
- Fault: The distracted driver must be at fault, at least in part. To prove this, our lawyers investigate the accident and hire reconstruction specialists when necessary.
- Injury Compensation: Our lawyers will review your medical records, review your employment records (to determine lost income) and interview you and your family. We hire medical experts to testify regarding the seriousness of your injuries, physical pain, emotional suffering, past and future medical expenses, and other relevant issues.
- Wrongful Death: If the distracted driver is at fault and someone died in the accident, the family of that person can sue the driver (and others, depending on the facts) in a wrongful death suit.
Distracted Driver Statistics
The following statistics are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008.
- The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group.
- An estimated 21 percent of injury crashes were reported to have involved distracted driving.
- Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver.
- More than half a million were injured.