If you believe that your car accident was the result of a distracted driver, you have options. It is possible to hold that individual accountable for his or her actions, naming the liable party in a civil claim and securing appropriate compensation for your financial losses and emotional trauma.
What qualifies as distracted driving?
Distracted driving is anything that takes a person’s eyes off the road, even for just a second. Experts estimate that taking your eyes off the road for even just five seconds — approximately the amount of time it takes to read a text — is equivalent to driving the length of a football field without looking. Some of the most common behaviors that qualify as distracted driving include:
- Adjusting the radio
- Reading a text or email
- Looking at a billboard
- Talking with a passenger
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Using a GPS system
Any time a driver does not give his or her full attention to the task at hand — which is driving safely — he or she could cause an accident. Distracted driving is always a threat to the safety of everyone on the road.
Holding distracted drivers accountable
It may seem like it is an impossible task to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions. However, with a thorough investigation, gathering of evidence and experienced guidance, it is possible to build a claim and secure the compensation you deserve. After a distracted driving related accident, you can fight for recovery of your losses related to:
- Hospital bills
- Damage to personal property
- Pain and suffering
- Needs associated with long-term care or permanent injuries
After an accident, you do not have to deal with the financial burdens you are carrying alone. A distracted driver can change your life in an instant, and while you may feel hopeless in your current circumstances, you don’t have to deal with insurance or other legal complications on your own.
When it comes to securing recompense for a crash caused by a distracted driver, you would be wise to take quick action in order to preserve your interests. The key to any successful personal injury claim after a car accident is timely action.