Many traffic accidents have happened due to distracted driving, leaving a trail of devastation and costly expenses for car accident victims to deal with. Distracted driving is neglectful behavior that puts the lives of everyone around the reckless driver in danger.
If you were injured due to another’s neglect and are struggling with medical bills, you can seek compensation with the help of a distracted driving accident attorney. They can investigate your case and help prove that the other party wasn’t paying attention to the road, resulting in terrible car crash injuries.
Our law firm can deliver professional legal services to help you through this difficult time. Call Fasig | Brooks for a free consultation.
What Is a Distracted Driving Accident?
About 8.5% of fatal motor accidents were caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving accidents occur when another driver fails to pay attention to the road and their surroundings. This can happen because they are texting, talking, GPS mapping, emailing, and other activities on their phones. It can also happen because the driver is eating, handling small children in their backseat, dealing with pets, and talking to other passengers in the car.
The three main types of distracted driving include visual, cognitive, and manual.
- Visual distractions occur when the driver stops looking at the road ahead of them.
- Cognitive distractions occur when the driver stops thinking about driving and isn’t paying attention to what’s happening around them.
- Manual distractions happen when drivers take their hands off the wheel, putting them at risk for horrific consequences.
In Florida, you are not allowed to use a phone or other wireless communications device in a handheld manner when in a school or work zone. In other areas, it is illegal to text, email, or instant message while the vehicle is moving.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Across the US, one in five people who died in crashes were involved with a distracted driver and were not in a vehicle. The distracted driving accident victim was on a bicycle, walking, or performing other activities when struck. Around 3,100 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2019. About 424,000 individuals were injured due to a distracted driver’s mistakes.
How does My Lawyer Help Me Obtain a Fair Settlement?
After your accident, you may have filed a police report detailing how you got into an accident. You may or may not know whether the other party was distracted while driving, and unless you or a witness noticed it, it may not even be mentioned in the police report. This is where your attorney can step in and help.
They Investigate Your Claim
Attorneys can launch an investigation regarding your case to help you obtain a fair settlement by digging deep into how your accident happened. They can subpoena the other party and obtain cell phone usage data from their cell phone company.
This allows your attorney to see what the other driver was doing before they crashed. Your attorney can also obtain witness testimonies that can help prove that the other driver was distracted while driving.
They Calculate Your Damages Accurately
Your attorney will review your damages and estimate how much your settlement claim is worth. This is incredibly helpful and can prevent the other party’s insurance company from encouraging you to accept a subpar settlement.
Your attorney will review your medical bills, including imaging scans, laboratory tests, medical devices, surgery, and other medical treatment. If you were receiving physical therapy and other ongoing treatments, your attorney can also include this in your settlement.
The same can be applied to your lost wages, which means that if you were unable to work and will continue to stay home for additional weeks or months, the amount of income you lost can be added to your compensation.
Non-Economic Damages (Pain and Suffering)
Your pain and suffering are also an important part of your settlement and can’t be estimated without a professional. Attorneys work with an insurance adjuster and use a multiplier to estimate your pain and suffering based on the severity of your damages. Pain and suffering can include depression, anxiety, shame, embarrassment, and other dark emotions.
Ways to Improve Your Settlement Amount
To get the most from your case, you will need to present evidence of your damages. Our lawyers will help you with that, but there are some ways to improve your settlement offers early by taking some proactive steps.
- Go to the doctor as soon as you can after your accident and follow all of their instructions.
- Do not talk about your case on social media.
- Never accept a settlement offer or sign documents from an insurance company until you have spoken with a lawyer.
- If you took photos of the accident scene and your injuries, keep them for your lawyer.
- Keep a journal of your experiences after your accident and how it has changed your life. It can be used to raise the level of non-economic damages you can receive.
The best thing you can do to improve your settlement amount is working with a lawyer. Insurance companies use armies of lawyers to help them lower how much they have to pay victims. You deserve to have someone on your side who can level the playing field, and Fasig | Brooks can help you do that.
How do I Pay for a Distracted Driving Lawyer?
It’s common for people to worry about how they can pay for a lawyer on top of the costs of their injuries and lost wages. The fact is that you don’t have to until you win your settlement. Distracted driving lawyers work on a contingency basis.
From your first consultation all the way to when you get your settlement, you will owe your lawyer nothing. Should you lose your case and get nothing, your lawyer will have no fees. If you win, you pay a percentage of the total settlement or award amount.
If we believe you have a solid case, we’ll discuss with you what your fee percentage will be. This is based on the difficulty of your case. Any lawyer worth your time will explain how you can get more money working with them than doing it on your own even after they take their fee, so we encourage you to ask questions about our fees during your consultation.
Find Out More Information from a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
When you have been injured and are unsure how to prove how the other party was at fault, you should speak to an attorney who has experience in dealing with this type of personal injury case. Find out how your attorney can help you obtain maximum compensation for your damages. Call Fasig | Brooks for a free consultation.