To the team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, your case has weight. Our Dunwoody distracted driving accident lawyer can help you fight for compensation after suffering an accident due to a negligent driver.
Call our office today to get started with a free case review at (404) 888-8888.
Possibilities for Compensation After Your Distracted Driving Accident
Because of the damage distracted driving can cause, you could face expenses related to:
- Lost wages and diminished earnings
- Medical care, such as surgeries, assistive devices, and rehabilitation
- Repair or replacement of damaged property
- Lowered quality of life, either from a permanent disability or mental distress
- Pain and suffering experienced during your recovery
- Out-of-pocket costs
Your injuries and losses affect what compensation you may be eligible to receive. Our attorney can be with you along the way, checking your progress and finding the right time to file within the state’s deadlines, known as the statute of limitations.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving Dunwoody, call (404) 888-8888
We Will Prove How Your Dunwoody Accident Occurred
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you build your claim and allow you the time needed to heal from your injuries. To help you prove your claim, we will:
- Investigate the accident and identify the liable party
- Gather evidence and reports
- Calculate to the value of all your losses
- Handle your claim and negotiate on your behalf
- Represent you in court, if necessary
Our Dunwoody distracted driving accident lawyer can explain more. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to speak to a representative about any questions you have at (404) 888-8888.
Causes of Distracted Driving
An attentive driver scans the environment for potential hazards. An inattentive one lets the environment or other factors draw their mind, hands, or eyes away from the road.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorize distractions as either visual, manual, or cognitive. Visual distractions include texting, emailing, or checking a GPS.
Manual distractions are anything that require someone’s hands. These can include some of the above, plus eating, adjusting a car setting, or talking on the phone.
Finally, cognitive distractions steal mental focus. Again, this form of distraction can include any of the previously mentioned as well as daydreaming or talking with passengers.
Admiring the landscape and enjoying music are not bad things, as long as they do not detract from the focus needed to keep others safe. A driver is liable if they let their focus drift and therefore cause harm.
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Texting While Driving is Against Georgia Law
You will notice that phones or technology were found in several of CDC’s categories of distraction. Smartphones and similar devices pose a significant temptation to drivers, so much so that Georgia passed a “hands-free law” to deter phone usage while driving (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241). Although hands-free laws do not eliminate all distractions, they cut down on one of the biggest culprits.
If you were injured by a driver who was texting, posting on social media, or emailing, you can pursue them for damages through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit.
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Proving a Distraction’s Role in Your Crash
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, local and state law enforcement attribute a rise in various kinds of accidents to driver inattention, particularly rear-end collisions and teen and young adult crashes. This association (as well as the hands-free law) can help your personal injury case, as it shows that distracted driving is a known issue.
However, the Georgia Department of Public Safety has also suggested that distracted driving crashes are underreported. Furthermore, the burden of proof is on you, the person filing the suit. You must provide evidence demonstrating that the other driver was distracted and that that distraction caused your injuries.
This is where your personal injury attorney can be helpful. Various types of evidence can be used to support your claim, and your lawyer can help obtain that evidence.
Potential Evidence of Visual and Manual Distraction in Your Case
With the help of your attorney, you can utilize:
- Text chains
- Social media posts
- Phone records
- Photos from the scene
- Witness testimony
- Insurance statements
If handheld devices or technology caused your crash, we will try to prove it. Your attorney can also procure copies of any available insurance statements and police reports to support your case.
Potential Evidence of Cognitive Distraction in Your Case
The most challenging of the distraction types to prove is the existence of cognitive distraction. Nonetheless, you can work with your lawyer to provide enough context to prove that the other driver was not paying attention—despite having their hands on the wheel.
Your legal team can utilize expert analysis and witnesses to connect the type of accident with driver inattention. Accident reconstruction can showcase the chain of events leading to your injury. Authoritative testimony can explain how your injuries and damage are consistent with your version of events. Surveillance footage can also provide visual evidence of driver distraction.
Since the burden of proof is on you, the goal is to obtain as much proof as possible in as many forms as possible. That way, either the insurance company or a judge will find it hard to deny that distraction played a role.
Other Things to Remember When Pursuing Damages After a Distracted Driving Accident
The type of accident you suffered can also prove relevant.
Distracted drivers can be responsible for:
- Rear-end collisions
- Failing to yield
- Running lights or stop signs
Regardless of the kind of accident in which you were involved, it is important to note that Georgia has a two- to four-year statute of limitations for personal injury (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33). This timeframe may be enough for you to reach a level of recovery that allows your attorney to know what your accident expenses are.
You Are Our Priority
Many personal injury lawsuits are about what people value. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we value you—your injuries, finances, and peace of mind. Call our office today for a free consultation to learn what a Dunwoody distracted driving accident lawyer can do for you: (404) 888-8888.
Distractions that drivers choose to give their attention to are not more important than human life, however. Distracted driving is more than irresponsible; it qualifies as negligence and grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Reach out to us today.