Distracted driving crashes are becoming increasingly common in the United States. In fact, about eight people die in car crashes that involve a distracted driver every day in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The most commonly known type of distracted driving may be texting while driving, yet this dangerous driving behavior involves any number of distractions that take your eyes, hands, or mind off the road.
Such distractions could include using your cell phone or other handheld electronic devices, eating, adjusting the sound on your radio, and much more.
People who have been hurt in distracted driving collisions may have the option to file a claim to pursue damages for injuries and other costs caused by the collision.
If this is you or a loved one, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. now at (516) 451-7900 to learn how a Uniondale distracted driving accident lawyer can get you started on filing your claim.
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How Distracted Driving Leads to Car Accidents
Distracted driving heightens the risk of getting into a collision with another motor vehicle for one simple but dangerous reason: it takes your attention away from the road.
Many things may grab your attention for a second or two while driving, like talking with passengers or tuning your radio station. Yet, some behaviors are too risky because they take your focus off the road for too long.
The CDC reports that sending or reading a text message may take your eyes (and even hands) off the road long enough for your car to travel as far as 100 yards, or the length of an average football field.
Even if the road is clear when the driver initially looks at their cell phone, cars, animals, or pedestrians may enter the roadway while paying attention to their phone.
Regardless of the distraction that led to the collision, a myriad of injuries may result from distracted driving accidents.
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Types of Injuries that Result from Distracted Driving Accidents
Injuries caused by distracted driving can range from minor to severe. The type of injury you sustain may depend on how fast you and the other vehicle were traveling at the time of the collision, how the collision occurred (i.e., rear-end or side-impact collisions), and other factors.
No matter the type of injury, if you required medical care, had to miss time from work to recover, or experienced other effects to your life, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation.
A lawyer can help you understand if you are in a position to file a claim based on your injuries and other details.
Common injuries that result from car crashes, including distracted driving accidents, may include:
- Bone fractures
- Head and chest injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death
Distracted Driving Claims
More than 2,800 people were killed in distracted driving collisions in the United States in 2018, and many more than that were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
People who are injured by distracted drivers or who have lost a loved one due to a distracted driving crash may be able to file a claim against the liable party to seek compensation.
Factors that May Affect Your Claim
Each distracted driving claim will consider whether the other driver can be held liable. If the driver is found to be liable for the accident, they will be responsible for paying you compensation.
To show that the driver is liable, you will have to prove that negligence was a factor in the collision. This means they did not take proper precautions toward you and other drivers while on the roadway, and this negligence led to the crash and your resulting injuries.
These elements may seem tough to prove, but a lawyer will understand the best way to demonstrate negligence in a distracted driving crash to support your claim.
For more information or to learn whether negligence was involved in your collision, consider working with a Uniondale distracted driving accident lawyer. Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (516) 451-7900 now for a free consultation to discuss your claim.
Damages You May Be Able to Claim
If you experience serious injuries in a distracted driving crash, you may have to miss extended time from work, receive costly medical care, or even be unable to pay your bills due to missed work.
A personal injury claim allows you to file for compensation, which will help you cover these and other accident-related costs. Some damages you may be able to claim after a distracted driving accident include:
- Medical costs, including future medical costs if you have long-term effects from injuries
- Lost wages or benefits
- Future lost wages if you experienced a permanent disability that alters your ability to work
- Pain and suffering costs
- Emotional or mental anguish
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Working with a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you are ready to file a distracted driving personal injury claim, a lawyer can provide help in a number of ways. They will manage your claim from start to finish, providing legal advice and support every step of the way.
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., our distracted driving accident lawyers know personal injury law, and we will work to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
After an initial consultation, we will begin gathering details to build your claim, compiling strong evidence, and working to prove the defendant’s liability. We will keep you well-informed, ensure you meet all deadlines, and work hard on your behalf if your claim goes to trial.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for Help with Your Accident Claim
After a distracted driving crash, you may want legal assistance as you work to recover compensation. A Uniondale distracted driving accident lawyer can help.
Our lawyers serve clients in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties and throughout Greater Long Island, and we can assist in Spanish as needed. There are time limits which limit the time you have to file a claim. Don’t delay, reach out to Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (516) 451-7900 to learn more.