It’s no secret that distracted driving plagues our country. At any given moment while you are driving, look around and chances are that you’re going to see people texting and driving, eating, conversing with their passengers, gawking at traffic or signs, and even grooming. Each of these behaviors is dangerous, as every second that an individual’s eyes are taken off the road means that hundreds of feet of roadway pass without that driver’s attention.
The statistics on this point are staggering. In 2018 alone, nearly 3,000 people died in distracted driving accidents. Thousands of others were likely injured in these wrecks, with some of them probably suffering life-altering, disabling injuries. Some reports even indicate that as many as 44% of teenagers report having sent a text message or email while driving.
What do these statistics mean for you? If you’ve already been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, then not much to be honest except to show you that you’re not alone. But the prevalence of distracted means that judges and juries have little tolerance for blatantly dangerous driving behaviors. This gives you an opportunity to build a compelling legal claim to support the imposition of liability and the recovery of compensation for damages suffered.
Yet, you can’t simply allege that distracted driving caused your accident and your injuries. Instead, you need to come to the table and the courtroom armed with evidence to support your position. This may mean gathering witness accounts demonstrating that the other driver was distracted, seeking admissions of wrongdoing from the other driver, and gathering documentation such as police and accident reconstruction reports that show inattentiveness on the other driver’s part.
Undertaking such an endeavor can be time-consuming, and putting all of that evidence together into a compelling legal argument requires knowledge of the law and an understanding of how judges and juries think. This is why many truck accident victims choose to work closely with a personal injury attorney who will fight for what they deserve.