BY: Robert B. Sickels | IN: Personal Injury
Distracted driving accidents happen in an instant, but claims resulting in compensation for those harmed by such negligent and reckless conduct do not. As in any car accident lawsuit, an injured person must prove to a judge or jury that the allegedly distracted driver was, in fact, doing something other than keeping his or her eyes on the road and that the resulting negligence caused the claimed injuries. Fortunately, the very nature of distracted driving often provides ample opportunity to establish fault.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system – anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
Distracted driving causes accidents, injuries, and deaths – a lot of them. According to NHTSA reports, an estimated 3,450 Americans died in distracted driving accidents in 2016. That same year, there were nearly 12,800 distracted driving accidents in Michigan alone, killing 43 people and injuring 5,100 more, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center.
Understandably, when people picture distracted driving, they think of a driver on a cell phone, specifically, a driver who is texting. No doubt, texting while driving is irresponsible, dangerous, and in Michigan and most other states, it’s illegal. But according to the MSP, cell phones were involved in only 15 percent of Michigan distracted driving accidents in 2016. That means that there are lots of other distractions which lead to accidents and injuries.
The evidence which can prove a driver was distracted, and thus potentially negligent, at the time of a crash can take many forms:
The experienced auto accident attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Personal Injury Litigation Group know what it takes to establish that a distracted driver was at fault for your injuries and losses. If you or a loved one has been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, we welcome the opportunity to help you. Please contact us to arrange for your free initial consultation.
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For more than 30 years, Robert Sickels has successfully represented plaintiffs involved in complex personal injury, medical negligence, and products liability matters.