The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that 2,841 people were killed in automotive accidents involving distracted drivers in 2018. While campaigns have been launched to report the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving, some people continue these dangerous driving habits, placing everyone on the road at risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help. Our Detroit distracted driving accident lawyers are committed to helping you recover compensation from an accident stemming from distracted driving. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn more.
Common Types of Distracted Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies distracted driving as any activity that takes your attention away from the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) groups distracted driving into these three categories:
A visual distraction takes a driver’s eyes off the roadway, such as:
- Distracting children in the back seat
- A pet in the vehicle
- The scenery outside the vehicle
- A text message or social media alert on a cell phone
Manual distractions take your hands off the wheel. Examples of manual distractions include the following:
- A hand-held electronic device
- Dials in your vehicle
- GPS systems
Cognitive distractions take your mind off the mental task of driving, such as:
- Talking on the phone
- Talking to other passengers
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Why Texting and Driving Is so Dangerous
The act of texting and driving involves all three types of distracted driving discussed above. When you read a text message, your eyes are off the road and on your phone. If you check the message, you remove your hands from the steering wheel. You are also concentrating the message, so your mind is not on the task of driving.
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Michigan Distracted Driving Law
Michigan law prohibits all
drivers from manually typing, sending, or reading text messages while driving. Additionally, Level 1 and 2 license holders under the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing Program are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Drivers in violation of the law can be fined, but no points are assessed on their driving record.
Potential Injuries and Losses from a Distracted Driving Accident
Distracted driving accidents can occur at higher rates of speed because drivers may not have enough time to brake when they recognize a danger. This can lead to serious injuries and even death.
Injuries and losses that you may suffer in a distracted driving accident include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC to learn more about filing a distracted driving lawsuit and pursuing compensation from the accident.
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How Our Detroit Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help
Our Detroit distracted driving accident lawyers can help with your accident claim every step of the way. We begin the process by investigating your accident and looking for evidence that indicates a distracted driver was involved.
Some evidence that may establish this includes:
- The accident report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Physical damage to your vehicle and the at-fault driver’s vehicle
- Pictures or videos of the accident scene
- Cell phone records
This evidence helps us establish legal liability for the accident. Once this is clear, we get to work on obtaining evidence to substantiate the amount of compensation you should receive from the accident based on the damages you suffered. We can request, collect, and assemble medical bills to determine the financial consequences you face.
We also use medical records to help establish how the accident has impaired your life and earning capacity. We may work with medical or economic professionals who can help calculate the long-term financial consequences associated with your injuries.
We use this information and other evidence to establish the full extent of your damages. We then create a customized demand package that lays out how the accident happened, your damages, and why you should be compensated.
A Detroit distracted driving accident lawyer can also help you take the steps you need to preserve important evidence in your claim and subpoena records to help establish your claim.
Our lawyers are not afraid of going up against insurance companies. We can handle all aspects of dealing with the insurance company, including:
- Providing necessary information to substantiate your claim
- Handling phone calls with the insurance company
- Reviewing insurance policies and communications from the insurance company
- Supplementing your claim with additional information
- Negotiating for a fair settlement of your claim
If the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we can consult you and discuss other avenues to recover compensation, such as bringing forth a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If litigation is necessary and recommended, we handle all aspects of this process, including:
- Advising you of the relevant timeline to file your case
- Preparing your petition and all legal filings
- Preparing questions, requests for production, and other discovery tools
- Completing depositions on the defendant and any other relevant witnesses
- Requesting evidence through subpoenas and other formal discovery methods
- Representing your interests at trial, if necessary
- Examining and cross-examining witnesses
- Presenting evidence
- Making appropriate legal arguments
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Our lawyers routinely work with personal injury victims and understand the challenges they face. We want you to concentrate on getting better as soon as possible while we fight for fair compensation for the damages you suffered because of a distracted driver’s actions.
A Detroit distracted driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you with all aspects of your claim. We work on a contingency fee and do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your claim. Call us at (800) 598-7557 for your case review, so we can learn more about your claim and discuss the next steps during the call.