Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving is an ever-increasing cause of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Distracted driving includes more than just texting while driving. It includes things like eating, applying makeup, talking to passengers, talking on the phone, using a mobile phone for GPS, using a mobile phone for music, or tuning the radio. In 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes. While there have been many laws passed in recent years, as well as awareness campaigns about the dangers, distracted driving is still an ever-present danger on our roads today.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need a distracted driving attorney who knows who to prosecute these types of claims. Often times distracted driving crashes might not be obvious who is at fault. We have experts who are trained and certified in doing image downloads of the defendant driver’s phone, which is usually where the majority of liability evidence resides. We have handled cases where we were able to present evidence to the jury that a driver had been using his phone for GPS, texting, online dating, and music in the minutes leading up to the crash. This evidence was key in securing a favorable verdict for our clients.
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You shouldn’t suffer the consequences for someone else’s negligence. That’s why we get to work as soon as possible, making sure the at-fault driver is held accountable. We do this through thorough investigative means involving eye witness testimony, phone records, and recreations of the scene of the accident. Determining fault is the most important part in understanding options and how to best proceed, which is why we work hard to learn the specifics of the case as early as possible.
[The attorneys of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP] were awesome. - Mario C., Denver City, TX
Our team doesn’t just consist of distracted driving accident lawyers. We work with a group of experts to understand every aspect of the case, no matter the situation. We can determine such information as the use of cruise control, the speed before and at the time of impact, and whether there was any mechanical failure that could have lead to the accident. We rely on expert-provided evidence to ensure your claim is as solid as possible and that you get the maximum compensation you are owed.
The rise of distracted driving means that it is likely that there was not a single, wholly at-fault driver. Rather, the fault is split among multiple parties. Even if you are found to be partially at-fault, this does not necessarily mean that you are not eligible for compensations. Many states have “comparative fault” laws, which state that even at-fault parties can claim damages. These laws vary depending on state, with some allowing parties over 50% at-fault to receive compensation, while others restrict eligibility to only those found to be under 50% at-fault. Most laws reduce compensation based on the level of fault determined.
If you are unsure if you could be found to be at fault and are wondering about your state’s comparative fault laws, contact a distracted driving attorney at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman.