Distracted Driver

Diaz Law Firm Fights For Victims Of Car Accidents Caused By Distracted Drivers

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted drivers negligence, Diaz Law Firm are to help ensure you receive the attention and compensation you deserve.

All drivers & riders have a duty of care to other motorists and a responsibility to  pay attention while they are operating an automobile.

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts a drivers attention while operating a motor vehicle.

There are 3 main types of distracted driving:

  • Visual – When a driver takes their eyes off the road
  • Manual – When a drivers hands are not on the steering wheel
  • Cognitive – When a drivers mind is not focused on driving

Cognitive demands of cell phone usage significantly narrows a drivers field of vision:

Using a cell phone significantly narrows a drivers field of vision

Common Driving Distractions Include:

  • Using a Telephone, including texting, talking, emailing or dialling.
  • Using in vehicle technology such as GPS Navigation Systems
  • Using the car audio system such as the radio, MP3 or CD Player
  • Personal Grooming, such as applying makeup or brushing hair
  • Reading maps, magazines, newspapers or note pads.
  • Smoking
  • Picking up a dropped item
  • Searching for an item within the vehicle
  • Taking with passengers
  • Tending to children or pets in the vehicle.
  • Eating Food or drinking

Too many motorists across the United States, including Mississippi are seriously injured every day in motor vehicle accidents that were caused due to the negligence of a distracted driver.

The number of accidents caused by distracted driving has increased significantly due to the rise of cellular technologies. From 2014 to 2015 the number of fatalities caused by distracted drivers rose by 8.8%.

Increased Likelihood Of Crashing Due to Driving Distractions

Text Messaging – 33 Times

Rummaging through grocery Bag – 10 Times

Writing on Pad – 9 Times

Using Calculator – 8 Times

Looking At A Map – 7 Times

Dialing Cell Phone – 6 Times

Personal Grooming – 4 Times

Reaching For An Object – 3 Times

Distracted Driving Injury Compensation

Distracted drivers may be liable to pay compensation for the damages caused to the innocent victim. A successful distracted driving accident accident claim can include compensation for:
* Medical treatment
* Loss of income and earning capacity
* Pain and suffering
* Damage to your automobile
* Emotional distress
* Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
* Loss of enjoyment & consortium.

Distracted Driving Discovery

  • Driver Cell Phone Records
    • When and amount of time an employee using phone
  • Cell Tower Records
    • Where call begins and ends
    • Texting Records
    • Sending message at the time of incident
  • Cell Phone Policies
    • If the company has one, dig into it

Distracted Driving Bans

48 US States have a complete or partial ban on texting while driving

Facts Concerning Distracted Driving

  • In 2014, a minimum of 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured as a result of distracted driving.
  • In 2010, eighteen percent (18%) of crashes involving injury were reported to be affected by distractions.
  • In 2011, it was estimated that in a typical daylight moment, at least 660,000 vehicles were being driven by drivers using hand-held cell phones.
  • Drivers under the age of twenty (20) comprise the largest proportion of distracted drivers.
  • Forty percent (40%) of teens report being in a car with a person who was using a cell phone while driving in a way that put others in danger.

Contact a distracted driving lawyer at Diaz Law Firm today for a free consultation

If you have been injured in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver please contact the Diaz Law Firm and speak to an experienced distracted driving lawyer in Jackson MS today. You can reach us online or by calling our toll-free number at 800-459-2222.

For more information on distracted driving, read the white paper written by Tripp Segars at Diaz Law Firm.