Drive around Phoenix on any given day. It's likely you'll see a driver talking on a phone or texting. You might also notice a car wreck. In many cases, the cause of the accident can be traced back to distracted driving.
Unfortunately, distracted driving has become all too common on Arizona roads. In fact, a report in ABC 15 stated that 3 dozen people were killed in distracted driving accidents last year. More than 8,000 people were involved in these types of crashes, according to state transportation officials quoted in the article.
While April marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month across the country, our attorneys know drivers every day of the year should be aware of the risks associated with not paying attention while behind the wheel. If you're using your phone while driving - even if it's a hands-free device - you are experiencing a form of distraction. You're increasing your chances of causing an accident.
But while cellphone use is the main culprit, distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Some drivers choose to do things like read behind the wheel or take their eyes off the road to use an audio system. They might decide to eat on the go or turn around to find an item in the backseat.
One recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that drivers are distracted more than 50 percent of the time they're driving. And nearly 70 percent of car accidents involved "some type of observable distraction," according to a report about the Virginia Tech research.
The Ways an Attorney Can Help Your Distracted Driving Case
If you've been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, or a loved one was injured or died, you may feel outrage. You may feel overwhelmed. We understand what victims are going through after these types of crashes. Their experiences motivate us. We work hard to hold the negligent driver accountable. Over the years, our attorneys have represented clients who faced serious injuries and deep losses after an accident. They have come to us asking about medical bills. They've worried about how they will put their lives back together.
When we handle a distracted driving accident, we step up for our clients and aggressively deal with the insurance companies. We will fight for the settlement they deserve. If the insurance company is unwilling to play fair, we may file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Our goal is to help make accident victims "whole" again. That means we help them obtain compensation for their losses. We try to put a dollar figure on the consequences of an accident. We investigate and find out the full costs. Then we bring our findings to the insurance company.
These cases can be complex. The driver may deny being distracted. The insurance company may try to make a lowball offer. Insurance carriers have attorneys working behind the scenes to protect their interests. That's why victims need knowledgeable legal counsel on their side.
If you've been injured because of a distracted driver, you need Israel & Gerity, PLLC in your corner. We are experienced attorneys who know how to get results. Call 888-900-3667 to arrange your free consultation.