In Alabama, someone reported a traffic crash every 200 seconds in 2017, which is the most recent data from the Alabama Department of Transportation. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents.
Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get in a crash than non-texting drivers, according to the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Here’s our guide to protecting yourself from distracted drivers in Alabama.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any ongoing activity that diverts a person’s attention while operating a vehicle. Distracted drivers endanger themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and bystanders. Here are common distractions:
- Cell phone or smartphone usage
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Doing hair or makeup and other grooming
- Reading (including maps)
- Adjusting GPS systems
- Watching a video
- Changing a CD player, MP3 player, or the radio
Hit by a Distracted Driver?
Fast thinking and quick action can make a significant difference. If you believe the other driver was texting or distracted, then you want to report that to the law enforcement team to aid the investigation.
Many distracted drivers will simply deny any phone usage. A commercial driver or trucker may often lie to prevent disciplinary action or termination. The right distracted driving attorney can help you navigate the investigation process and protect you and your family’s rights.
Your Next Step in a Distracted Driver Claim
You want to select a team that can properly build your case. Our distracted driving attorneys know how to review accident scenes, interview witnesses, reconstruct accident scenes, speak with medical providers, and oversee all aspects of your case. We will not encourage you to settle with the insurance company until we have reviewed your case thoroughly. We don’t want you to accept an offer far less than your case deserves.
If you or a family member has been injured in a texting while driving or distracted driver accident, the attorneys at Hornsby, Watson, and Watson can help.
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