According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, distracted driving claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people. That not just 3,000 people who died much earlier than they should have, its thousands of families and loved ones who have been left to mourn and to suffer.
Distracted Driving: The Facts
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving occurs whenever the driver takes their eyes from the road. Common examples include:
- talking on the phone
- adjusting the radio
- talking to others in the vehicle
What is means is that drivers cannot see or react to changes in the road ahead. If a car is going 55 mph, it can travel the entire length of a football field in a matter of seconds, all with a driver who is unable to stop an accident from happening because they aren’t looking at the road.
A distracted driving accident can literally change a victim’s life and the life of their loved ones, causing extreme physical pain, emotional trauma, and costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care.
What Is Being Done To Stop Distracted Driving?
In addition to spreading awareness about the issue and teaching new drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, some states are taking action and using new methods to catch distracted drivers.
Ohio Police Take To The Sky To Stop Distracted Drivers
Police officers in Ohio are tracking driver’s speed and the distance between cars from the air, then radioing down to officers waiting on the ground with a description of the vehicle so that a traffic stop can be initiated. Video from the sky can later be used as evidence.
Maine Increases Fines For Drivers Using Cell Phones
According to the laws in Portland, Maine, drivers who are caught using a cell phone while driving can be fined between $50 and $250.
Despite increased action by state officials and police officers, distracted driving will continue to wreak havoc on the lives of the innocent. This is why the law allows the victims of these accidents to take legal action, providing them with a chance to recover the compensation they will need to get back on their feet.
Auto Accident Lawsuits Provide Victims With A Way To Fight For Compensation
It doesn’t matter if an accident involves a car, bus, truck, or motorcycle. The fact is that when negligence causes an accident then the person or party responsible risk being named in a civil lawsuit.
A civil lawsuit is completely separate from any criminal charges that could be filed because of the accident. The purpose of civil lawsuits is to provide the plaintiff with the opportunity to fight for the compensation that will help them to pay for losses such as:
- medical expenses
- earnings that have been lost
- physical pain
- emotional turmoil
Typically it is the victim who files these lawsuits, however, if the victim is incapacitated, a minor, or if they died, their loved ones can file on their behalf. Family members who are generally able to file on a victim’s behalf include the parents, spouse, or children.
Why Contact An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney?
The legal process is complex and stressful, the last thing that anyone suffering because of an auto accident needs to deal with. Consulting with an experienced attorney who can preserve evidence, handle the legal paperwork, speak with the insurance companies, and prepare their client for court greatly increases a plaintiff’s chances of recovering the maximum amount possible.
At Schuster Law, our attorneys have helped thousands of car accident victims over the past three decades. In each case, we use our passion for the law and our knowledge to fight for the maximum recovery possible for each client. Each case is treated as though it were our own.
Learn more about our past successes and your legal options by contacting our law office for a free consultation.