Proving Distracted Driving in Car Accidents
So you've been involved in a car accident and believe the driver who hit you was distracted at the time of the crash. If you file a personal injury claim for your auto accident, you may need to prove that distracted driving caused your crash. But how do you do that?
Distracted driving can be difficult to prove. But working with a qualified attorney can boost your chance of success. And that means you’ll maximize your chance of recovering the compensation you need.
Continue reading to learn more about how your lawyer will prove that the other driver was distracted at the time of your car wreck.
What Is Distracted Driving?
It has become far too common for drivers to multitask while on the road. Although drivers see it as multitasking, they are actually engaging in the unsafe practice of distracted driving. Distracted driving occurs when the driver of a motor vehicle is focused on something other than the road.
The distraction could be a cell phone, navigation system, radio station, beverage, food item, reaching for something under the seat, a passenger, or anything else that takes the driver’s focus off of the road.
Distracted driving is illegal, and those who fail to drive safely can expect to face penalties like traffic tickets and hefty fines, the loss of their drivers license, or even jail time. They also open themselves up to personal injury lawsuits in the event of a serious crash.
Of course, the distracted driver isn’t likely to own up to the fact that he or she was texting right before slamming into you. That means it’s just your word against the other driver’s—unless you have evidence to support your claim.
To prove that distracted driving was the cause of your car accident, your attorney will need to gather evidence that supports your version of the events. Some of the most common types of evidence that will demonstrate distracted driving include the following:
- Expert testimony
- Photographic evidence
- Video footage
- Phone records
- Police reports
- Witness statements
While you're recovering from your injuries, your attorney will work behind the scenes to obtain the above evidence and any other compelling information that will demonstrate that distracted driving played a part in causing your accident and injuries.
Talk to a Lakeland Car Accident Lawyer
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you believe the other driver was distracted at the time of the collision, get in touch with a knowledgeable Lakeland car accident lawyer at Lopez & Humphries, PA as soon as possible.
We have the experience necessary to prove distracted driving was the cause of your injuries. Call our office at 863-709-8500 or fill out the convenient contact form below to schedule your free consultation.