Distracted driving has become a serious problem in this country. Driver distractions may be visual, taking your eyes off the road; manual, taking your hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking your mind off driving. Cell phone usage is a major contributor to distracted driving. Texting has the dubious distinction of involving visual, manual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously.
Cell Phone Usage and Car Accidents
If you are the victim of another driver’s negligence, it may be necessary to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver to receive rightful compensation. It may seem a daunting task to prove that a driver was distracted by cell phone usage, but an experienced auto accident attorney can gather the following evidence to prove your case:
- Witness testimony. Witnesses to the accident may report that the driver was looking down when the accident occurred (due to texting) or that he/she was talking on a phone.
- Video evidence. Cameras are everywhere these days. Many traffic signals, street signs, store fronts, and trucks have them. An attorney can obtain access to potentially valuable evidence.
- Cell phone records. This one’s a biggie. Cell phone records are admissible as evidence in the courtroom. If the records show the driver was using their phone at the time of the accident, your case is instantly bolstered.
An auto accident attorney can also glean important information from medical records, police reports, and accident reconstruction reports.
Driving is a major endeavor unto itself and deserves our full attention. Lives can be changed dramatically in an instant. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, contact an auto accident attorney to protect your rights.
Take Action Quickly
In order to protect your rights, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner. Additionally, if you were involved in a crash with a government-owned or -operated snowplow, then your time to file a claim may be shorter than it typically is in Alaska personal injury cases.
Accordingly, we encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.