Distracted Drivers Kill and Injure Thousands Each Year. That’s Why You May Need a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney.
The technology we hold in our hands and find in our cars keeps us connected, points us in the right direction, and entertains us. They can also be deadly.
Whether caused by texting, cell phone use, or any other behaviors that take a driver’s eyes off the road or hands off the wheel, distracted driving injures and kills people every single day in the United States. Distracted driving took the lives of 3,142 Americans and injured over 400,000 more in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
These senseless tragedies persist despite years of campaigns warning of the dangers of distracted driving. Drivers who engage in such reckless and irresponsible behavior upend countless lives, leaving innocent victims reeling from injuries and family members grieving the loss of a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one. If you suffered injuries or had someone taken from your life because of a distracted driver, you need help, and you deserve compensation and justice for your losses.
At Berman & Simmons, our experienced Maine distracted driving accident attorneys have seen the catastrophic consequences caused by such conduct. With compassion, commitment, and a relentless determination to help you any way we can, our attorneys work tirelessly to get you the resources to help you recover and move forward. Our attorneys bring decades of experience and unmatched resources on behalf of distracted driving accident victims. We have built a lengthy track record of success, obtaining over $1 billion in compensation for injury victims and their families.
Texting Is One of Many Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents
Understandably, texting and using a cell phone while driving are the first things most people equate with distracted driving. Indeed, cell phone use is the most prominent distraction causing drivers to take their eyes off the road. But distractions have existed since the first motorist took the wheel over a century ago. Plenty of other activities and behaviors beyond phone use continue to cause distracted driving accidents and injuries.
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.”
Distracted driving behaviors fall into three categories, according to the NHTSA:
- Visual distractions, which take your eyes off the road.
- Manual distractions, which take your hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive distractions, which take your mind off your point of focus.
Texting is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distractions. But other common behaviors also distract drivers’ eyes, hands, or minds.
Many things we do or see all the time while driving could lead to distracted driving accidents as well, even if we don’t think of them as “distractions.” Adjusting the volume or changing the station on your radio? Distraction. Turning around to tell your kids in the backseat to stop fighting? Distraction. That picturesque landscape outside your window? Distraction.
Other distractions that frequently lead to crashes include:
- Eating and drinking.
- Applying makeup.
- Brushing hair.
- Watching video.
- Talking with other passengers.
- Using a GPS.
How a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Can Help
Proving that the driver who injured you was distracted by their phone or other factors can be the key to holding the driver accountable and getting you compensation for your injuries and losses.
An experienced distracted driving accident attorney can use several types of evidence to demonstrate that the driver who injured you or took the life of your loved one was distracted at the time of the crash:
- What you saw. You may not be able to see a drunk driver’s blood alcohol level or know how much sleep a drowsy driver had the night before an accident. But in many distracted driving cases, an injury victim may have observed the other driver swerving, looking down at their phone, applying lipstick, or eating a cheeseburger immediately before the collision. If you saw behavior that could constitute distracted driving, you can and should report it to the police officer who arrives at the scene. They can put that information in their report, which could be admitted as evidence in your car accident case, as can your own testimony about the driver’s behavior.
- What other people saw. Similarly, if other people saw the crash – passengers, other drivers, bystanders – they may have noticed what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. Police can take their statements, and if you have obtained their names and contact information, your distracted driving accident lawyer can take their depositions and have them testify at trial.
- The driver’s phone records. If the driver was using their phone or texting when the crash occurred, your lawyer can obtain records reflecting the exact time and nature of their phone use from the driver’s cellular carrier or the device itself. If the driver sent or received a text at 2:36 p.m. and slammed into another car at that same time, that can be powerful evidence that the defendant was looking at something other than the road.
- Crash data recorder. Forensic accident reconstructionists, trained in downloading and interpreting “black box” data, can provide evidence of distracted driving. When combined with other evidence gathered from the crash scene, this data can be helpful in proving negligence and liability.
Contact a Maine Distracted Driving Accident Attorney at Berman & Simmons for a Free Consultation
At Berman & Simmons, our distracted driving accident attorneys have the advocacy skills, courtroom acumen, and relentless commitment to our clients’ well-being to get them the compensation they need after a crash turns their lives upside-down. But we also understand that distracted driving accident victims and their families may need more than a trial lawyer to help them through the challenges that follow a serious car accident.
That is why we’ll take the time to listen to your story and understand your concerns. That is why we provide guidance and direction on everything from medical care to insurance issues. That is why we stand by your side at every step until your matter is concluded. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on holding those who caused your injuries accountable for their actions.
Contact a distracted driving accident attorney at Berman & Simmons today for a free consultation to discuss your claim.