Safe driving means full attention on the road. Negligent driving means letting other priorities take precedence over safety. Texting while driving is the latter, and if someone else did so, they could be liable for any damage they caused you as a result.
If a texting driver injured you, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to learn how a Dunwoody texting while driving accident lawyer can help. Give us a call at (404) 888-8888, and we will provide a commitment-free consultation to get you started.
How We Will Support Your Case
Our personal injury attorney does not just file paperwork and represent you in court if necessary. We can:
- Determine what evidence may help in your case
- Gather that evidence on your behalf
- Assign a value to your claim
- Negotiate with the other party
Put simply, our attorney provides both legal knowledge and help with the lawsuit minutia while you focus on healing.
Our lawyer and legal team can also help you understand the statute of limitations, or deadline, in your case (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33). You generally have two years to file your lawsuit, but certain factors can change that timeframe. Describe your specific circumstances to your legal team to understand your case’s timeline.
Using Phone Records Against the Negligent Party
Although texting or other phone use is what led to your injuries, the messages (or existence of call logs) could be key pieces of evidence in your case. Your lawyer can use any of the following to support your claim:
- Text threads
- Email chains
- Phone records
- Social media posts
- App history
- Eyewitness testimony
Unique to texting while driving collisions are the records naturally left behind by the very thing that caused the accident. Your lawyer can obtain those records for you.
For a free legal consultation with a texting while driving accidents lawyer serving Dunwoody, call (404) 888-8888
The Damages You May Collect
As stated, we can gather evidence and determine the value of your economic and non-economic losses. We can use this value during negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to get you a fair settlement offer.
These losses have a clear dollar value attached to them. They include such things as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earnings
- Property repairs
This list is not complete, nor is it the only type of damages you may be able to collect.
These damages do not have a clear dollar value, but they are damages that have affected your life. They may include:
- Diminished quality of life
- Mental distress, such as depression and anxiety
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
We know how these damages have affected our clients, and we know how to fairly calculate a value for your non-economic losses.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident due to a negligent driver texting, a Dunwoody texting while driving accident lawyer with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us to get started on your injury claim at (404) 888-8888.
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Distractions Lead to Accidents
Paying attention to something other than the road increases the risk of a crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because of the link between distraction and collisions, texting while driving is negligence.
But texting is more than just typing a message. It can encompass using any of the following while driving:
- Social media
In short, any message or post that requires someone to read or input text, thereby taking their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. Such action puts everyone else on the road at risk.
Texting at Any Speed Is Careless
Some drivers assume that texting while driving applies when the vehicle is in motion or up to speed. In other words, texting at a stoplight, in slow traffic, or while coasting to a stop is fine. In fact, this is still a risk to others, as these texting drivers can cause:
- Rear-end collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Failure to yield
- Running lights and signs
In fact, Georgia has seen a rise in rear-end crashes, with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reporting that state and local law enforcement consider them connected to driver inattention. You may have experienced this kind of rear-end collision yourself, giving you whiplash and bruising injuries.
The Hands-Free Law Is Literal
Georgia passed a hands-free law that went into effect in July 2018 (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241). It punishes drivers who hold or touch their phones while driving. If a texting driver struck you, they could be held accountable under the hands-free law, receiving fines and/or points on their license.
However, for you as an accident victim, it doesn’t stop there. You can pursue the driver with a personal injury lawsuit, fighting for compensation to cover any injury-related expenses.
Your Accident Might Have Involved a Variety of Causes
Texting while driving can lead to a variety of collision scenarios, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Lane change crashes
- Running lights
- Wrong-way driving
- Side impact collisions
A texting driver may not realize their lane ends or is a turn-only lane. They may not see a light change or stop sign. They may even start driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction, leading to a head-on collision.
Pedestrian and Cycling Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists face particularly devastating injuries when struck by a car, as they do not have any protection. If you were struck by a texting driver while not in a vehicle, your injuries could warrant compensation.
Teen Driving Accidents
In addition to rear-end collisions, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has also reported a rise in crashes caused by drivers ages 15 to 25. Phone use is often considered a youthful activity, and a texting teen driver may have struck you.
If this happened, their parents could be held responsible, allowing you to pursue them for compensation if their insurance does not provide enough coverage (O.C.G.A. § 51-2-2). Because teen driving cases can be complicated, it is important to speak with an attorney regarding any questions about who to hold liable.
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We Can Make Roads Safer Together
Texting is trivial, but accidents it causes are not. Your injuries could have interfered with your personal life, career, and health—all because that driver could not wait to pick up their phone. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we believe you should have a right to fair compensation.
A Dunwoody texting while driving accident lawyer at our firm can help you. Call our office at (404) 888-8888 today to speak to a team member.