What to Do If You Are Injured by a Distracted Driver
Recently, Attorney Mike White of Floyd Hunter Injury Law appeared on WAKA CBS 8 and WBMM CW 22 with host Olivia Deas. He discussed the prevalence of distracted driving—and what to do if you are injured in a car accident.
Distracted driving is a serious problem—and cell phone usage is a huge culprit. You may think that typing a quick text while driving isn’t a big deal, but your actions can have serious—even fatal—consequences. In fact, nine Americans die in car accidents caused by distracted drivers each day.
Mike states that nearly half of the car accident cases he sees in Alabama are a result of distracted driving. As he states, “[Distracted driving] has never been more prevalent than it is now with all of the cell phone usage.”
- Nearly 95% of Americans have their own cell phones
- Each day, approximately 660,000 drivers use electronic devices
What Should You Do if You Have Been Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?
After an accident, you’ll face medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. You’ll likely consider an agreement with the insurance company. Remember, their goal is to settle quickly and minimize your compensation. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a skilled lawyer to help you receive the fair compensation you deserve.
Any settlement proposed by an insurance company is unlikely to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Hire an experienced attorney who can investigate your case and represent you during this trying time. It’s the right decision to make. Don’t miss your best opportunity to receive the compensation you need.
How Can You Prove the Driver Was Using a Phone?
Each year, nearly 400,000 Americans are injured in distracted driving accidents. If you are one of them, how can you prove the other driver was on his/her phone at the time?
Authorities can prove you were texting at the time of an accident—and can retrieve deleted texts and cell phone data as evidence. If you think clearing your phone log or texts after an accident makes the data disappears, you are mistaken.
How Can You Prevent Distracted Driving?
You’ve likely seen people using their phones while driving—and may be guilty of doing so yourself. To keep yourself and others safe, resist the temptation to check your phone while driving. Let’s check out some helpful tips below:
- Don’t use your cell phone while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for just five seconds at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
- Avoid eating or drinking while driving. Trying to eat a snack or sip on soda in the car is not easy to do while driving. You want two hands on the wheel.
- Don’t multitask while driving. Focus on the road in front of you. To avoid distraction, make sure your GPS route is set before you leave.
- Make drive time a quiet time. Avoid distraction from other passengers in the car by making your drive time quiet time. Save the long or serious conversations for outside of the car.
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a distracted driving accident that was not your fault, call the experienced Montgomery Car Accident Attorneys at Floyd Hunter at 334-452-4000.
When you call, you’ll receive a FREE case evaluation by an experienced Alabama car crash injury lawyer. There is never an attorney’s fee due upfront and we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.
We will fight to protect your right to the fair insurance settlement that you deserve for your car accident claim. Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law for a Free Legal Consultation at 334-452-4000.
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