My name is Arlene, and two years ago, I was involved in a car accident that wasn't my fault. I had some injuries that required a hospital stay, and I was unable to return to work for several weeks. I didn't know how I was going to pay my bills, and it was very stressful for me. My friend told me that I needed to hire an accident and personal injury attorney so I could recover my lost wages and medical costs. I was so glad that I hired the attorney, and my stress level immediately went down. Through the attorney, I was able to get a settlement, and I was no longer in financial trouble. I am writing this blog to let everyone know the importance of hiring an attorney after an accident. It's my wish that this blog will help others who are in similar situations.
All types of accidents can be regretful, but when an accident is caused by a distracted driver, it can be infuriating for victims. If your accident was caused by a driver who was doing everything but paying attention to the road, read below to learn more.
Plenty of Distractions Available
Driving was not always subject to distractions, but technology has created a monster of what should be beneficial helpers. Cell phone use is common, and though banned in some areas, persists. Drivers must contend with others on the road using navigation devices and even tablets while driving. Despite warnings, tickets, and other deterrents, bored and overconfident drivers continue to cause accidents every day. Unfortunately, trying to drive while changing the music, conversing with passengers, eating lunch, and more are also common and fall under the heading of distracted driving.
How Distracted Driving Affects Accidents
In almost all cases, the driver that was distracted will be the cause of the accident. The driver that causes an accident is responsible for paying the damages for both drivers. Fault is the most important consideration after an accident has occurred. If you are unsure of the cause of your accident, procure a copy of the accident report prepared by the responding law enforcement officer for confirmation. If the other driver was discovered to have been distracted when they caused the accident, it is that much easier to prove fault, particularly if they were ticketed for the offense. In some locations, distracted driving results in not just a ticket but in a reckless driving charge, which is a serious criminal matter for the other driver. Finding out about the driver and any distractions could be vital to your case.
What to Do After a Distracted Driving Accident
For more information, contact an auto accident attorney near you.