In 2015, a phenomenon known as distracted driving took the lives of 3,477 people. This very dangerous practice has been putting many drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk every single day in the United States. Some of the most common practices among society include talking or texting on the phone, eating while driving, talking to people in the vehicle, changing the radio station, and more. When you take your eyes off the road to read a text message for even 5 seconds traveling at 55 mph, you are basically driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed. As you can see, the risks associated with this behavior are high.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you have been injured because a person was driving while texting, you could have a very serious personal injury case that would cover the injuries you sustained. The police will determine whether or not a cell phone was a factor in the accident by obtaining cell phone records to prove negligence. In other cases, the police may choose to pull traffic video footage from traffic cameras to piece two and two together. Your attorney will sit down with you to recreate the accident, look over medical reports, and check out the driving history of both you and the other driver.
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The next thing that you should know is that, if you were the victim in a distracted driving incident, you could receive punitive damages as well. There have been many cases over the years where several crash victims were given these damages because somebody was driving while using the phone. You may even be able to potentially recover from an employer if they helped cause your accident. In some ways, employers want their employees to be accessible on a cell phone at all times, and this could have contributed to your accident. However, you and your attorney must be able to show that the company was responsible for the improper driving.
Cellphone-related accidents can be deadly, costing many drivers and pedestrians their lives every year. Because of this, action must be taken. We will help you in the midst of your personal injury at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, where we have experience to handle your case. Call us today for more information.