Distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes and serious car wreck injuries. In 2018 alone, almost 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers, and as many as 400,000 people were injured because drivers were not paying sufficient attention to operating their vehicles. Innocent drivers and passengers are not the only ones who suffer when a driver is distracted, hundreds of bicyclists and pedestrians are killed and many more are injured each year by distracted drivers.
If you have been seriously injured in a distracted driving accident in Montana, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. While a Billings distracted driving accident lawyer is in the best position to advise you on how best to proceed with your case, the following offers some background information on distracted driving, what motorists can do to avoid the dangerous practice, and how to get started on your own road to recovery.
Types of Distracted Driving
Researchers have isolated three ways that drivers can become distracted:
- Visual distractions occur when something outside of the vehicle — an object, event, or person, for example — takes the driver’s eyes off of the road.
- Cognitive distractions — such as emotions, day-dreaming, stress — occur in a driver’s mind, resulting in their attention being diverted internally, rather than remaining on the road where it belongs.
- Manual distractions are all too familiar today, as driver’s attempt to multitask, taking their hands off of the wheel and their attention from the road as they engage in activities such as eating, reaching for items, applying makeup, or cell phone use, to name a few examples.
How a Billings Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Demonstrates Liability
The tragic truth, especially for victims of this type of accidents caused by distracted drivers, is that it can be difficult to prove that a distraction caused the accident. A Billings distracted driving accident lawyer can prove your injuries are the result of another driver's negligent behavior by;
- Reviewing vehicle data to see if the other driver made adjustments to their car’s audio and visual controls or GPS at the time of the accident
- Obtaining cell phone records to determine if the driver was texting or distracted by an incoming call.
- Review the police report to see if the at-fault driver acknowledged fault or if their cell phone was examined at the scene.
- Contact witnesses for statements and collect testimonies from your passengers, bystanders, or other drivers.
How a Billings Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Can Help
Suffering injuries in a car accident is always a traumatic experience. You need to focus on taking care of yourself and recovering from your injuries without having to pile on the added stress of figuring out how best to go about recovering the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. That is where working with the right Billings distracted driving lawyer comes into play. The minute you hire our firm to represent you, we take over:
- Investigating the accident, including reviewing all the medical records, accident reports, and insurance documents
- Making sure your claim is filed within the time frame required by law
- Analyzing the facts of your case in light of Montana’s comparative negligence standards and presenting your case to the insurance company in the most beneficial way possible
- Filing and prosecuting a lawsuit on your behalf if that is what it takes to get you the recovery you deserve
Contact a Ragain and Clark After an Accident in Montana and Wyoming
To learn more about how the personal injury and car crash attorneys at Ragain & Clark, PC can help you with your case, contact us online to schedule an appointment. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.