As cellular technology continues to develop, inattentive driving has increased. Cell phones offer more apps and features than ever before, and the trend does not seem to be slowing down. The invention of Bluetooth and other “hands-free” technology has enabled drivers to now text while driving. As a result, distracted driving has become more prevalent than ever before.
The distracted driver accident attorneys Graves McLain have decades of experience helping those hurt by distracted drivers.
A distracted driving car accident occurs when a driver engages in any activity that diverts their attention away from the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driver behaviors fall into one of the following categories:
Visual-manual tasks, like texting on a cell phone or clicking through a navigational app can increase the risk of a car accident by three times. As distracted driving increases yearly, it is important to know the common reasons drivers get distracted.
Across Oklahoma, drivers continue to engage in risky behavior behind the wheel. Motorists may daydream in a drive-thru, absentmindedly taking their foot off the brake and rear-end the car in front.
Parents may try calming a crying toddler in the back seat, only to run a stop sign.
Some of the most common causes of distracted driver accidents include:
Most motorists know to avoid using a cell phone unless they have a hands-free device. However, when drivers think of their car as an extension of their home, it can be easy to engage in risky behaviors. It may be habitual to drink coffee on the way to work or finish applying makeup during a long commute. However, even seemingly insignificant distractions can lead to severe injuries.
Car accident injuries can vary widely. However, it is important to know that the extent of property damage may not accurately indicate the severity of bodily harm.
Minor accidents can cause serious soft tissue damage that requires months of treatment and recovery. In addition, some accidents cause delayed injuries.
Head trauma is one of the most common delayed injuries that can have significant consequences.
Regardless of the severity of the car crash, it is crucial to seek medical care immediately. Serious injuries following a distracted driving auto accident include:
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a distracted driver car accident, it is critical to your claim that you seek and maintain medical treatment. Failing to take prescribed medication or skipping doctor visits can hurt your claim to recover damages.
Having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side often means the difference between recovering your total compensation or just a fraction of what you deserve.
Distracted driver car accidents can be very challenging:
If the negligent driver does not confess to engaging in distracting behavior, law enforcement may decide fault lies with both parties.
Under comparative negligence laws, both motorists can share fault in an accident demonstrated as a percentage. The total amount of compensation after a Tulsa car accident is contingent upon the percentage of liability.
A car accident lawyer can thoroughly investigate your case to support your best interests.
To prove the other motorist was negligent, we will:
In some cases, an insurance company may deny your claim. Some common reasons an insurance adjuster may deny offering a fair settlement include:
When legitimate claims are denied, accident victims are forced to navigate a complex appeals process. An experienced personal injury law firm can prepare and file all the extensive paperwork on your behalf.
The sooner an attorney-client relationship can be established, the sooner you can focus on healing. A personal injury firm will:
In the event the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, you can work with an attorney to help recover the compensation you need, as opposed to handling the claim yourself.
Injury claims in Oklahoma car accidents can recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, and non-economic damages. While every case is different, you may be entitled to the following damages:
Punitive damages differ from other compensatory damages. While medical bills and pain and suffering are awarded to help the victim, punitive damages are awarded to punish the negligent party.
For distracted driver claims, certain criteria must be met to qualify for punitive damages. It is in your best interests to discuss the available compensation for your car accident claim with a knowledgeable law firm.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,000 people lose their lives to distracted driver accidents each year. Over 400,000 people are injured.
The NHTSA has created multiple campaigns against distracted driving. While the majority of offenders are teens and young adults, the statistics show other worrying trends.
In the last reporting year, distracted drivers caused:
Cell phone use is the most contributing distracting factor in an Oklahoma car accident. When a motorist checks an alert or glances at a text message, they jeopardize their lives and the lives of everyone on the roadways.
When the unthinkable happens, a surviving family member can sue for a wrongful death caused by a serious motor vehicle accident. It is essential to understand that a wrongful death claim is never filed for financial gain.
Instead, a wrongful death claim serves to:
Accountability in a wrongful death claim is reflected as monetary compensation in an amount that will best discourage future negligent acts. Surviving family members may be able to recover:
Graves McLain is a highly accomplished personal injury firm. Our Tulsa distracted driver attorneys:
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers today by calling (918) 359-6600.
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