Distracted Driving Accidents
Over the last few years, distracted driving has turned into a serious problem in the United States and around the world. You may find yourself in need of a distracted driving attorney if you’ve been in any accident caused by an external distraction.
What is Distracted Driving?
The term is often used to refer to driving while texting. However, there are several types of related accidents. Driving while using a mobile device is believed to be involved in the majority of auto accidents.
Accidents that fall under this heading include:
Driving While Texting
Texting is believed to be the main factor in most distracted driving accidents. Experts have estimated that in the time it takes to respond to a text it is possible to drive the length of a football field.
Driving While Calling
Many states allow you to take a call on a mobile device as long as you can operate it in hands-free mode. Still, a phone call can be distracting in a situation where milliseconds count.
Other miscellaneous distractions can occur in the course of operating a vehicle. Talking to a passenger, changing the radio, eating food or applying makeup can all be serious distractions.
No matter what the source of a distraction may be, legal liability is greater in situations where alcohol or drugs are involved.
How to Get Help After Being Injured by a Distracted Driver
Although texting and driving accidents are very common, it’s impossible to know right away if a driver was distracted. In the immediate aftermath of distracted driving accidents, it’s far more important to look after your safety and that of those around you.
Determine if you or anyone around you is injured before summoning help. If you can, get the make, model and license plate of the driver’s vehicle. Gather contact information from any witnesses, but do not make statements accepting blame.
When police arrive, cooperate with them and find out how to get a copy of the police report.
See a doctor for a medical evaluation and speak to an attorney as soon as you are able.
How to Defend Against Distracted Driving Charges
An effective defense against these charges will hinge on disproving the idea that you were distracted at the time the accident occurred or, if you were, that extenuating circumstances existed. A lawyer can help you mount a successful defense based on the specifics of your individual situation.
For expert help from Houston area accident attorneys, contact Nguyen & Chen.