Distracted Driving Accidents
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Distracted drivers are becoming far more common than drunk drivers and can be just as deadly. More than 1,060 people are injured every day due to a distracted driver—all in preventable accidents. While on the road, every driver owes the other drivers around them a duty of care, but distracted drivers are neglecting this reasonable duty. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Let our Memphis car accident lawyers help you today.
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What Causes Distracted Driving Accidents?
Often, a cell phone is to blame for a distracted driving accident, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only cause of these dangerous accidents. Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver is engaged in another activity besides driving. Examples of distractions include:
- Texting or calling someone on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device
- Surfing the web, checking email or social media, or using your cell phone
- Using a navigation system while driving
- Adjusting the radio, CD, or music player
- Eating or drinking
- Talking with passengers in the car
- Grooming, including shaving, applying makeup, and styling hair
- Reading a map or directions
- Watching a video
- Driving with rowdy passengers
- Rubbernecking, or looking at events or scenes outside the car
While any distraction can be the cause of a severe accident, texting or using the phone while driving is still one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. At 55 miles per hour, you can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to send a single text. Not only are you looking away from the road, but you’re no longer holding the steering wheel properly and your mind is distracted by your text. This can make it more difficult for you to register what’s happening when your attention does return to the road.
Distracted Driving Injuries
There are a variety of serious and even fatal injuries that can occur due to a distracted driving accident. Because these accidents often happen before the distracted driver even has a chance to react, they can be very severe. Injuries can include:
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue trauma
- Brain and head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limbs
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be facing an extensive recovery and mounting medical bills as you heal enough to return to your daily life. Some injuries are lasting and can continue to affect victims for the rest of their lives. It is critical that the victims of a distracted driving accident receive adequate compensation for all damages stemming from the accident.
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At Donati Law, PLLC, we understand the challenges you’ll face in your injury claim. Our highly experienced Memphis car accident attorneys are ready to fight for your rights and ensure that you have the fierce legal representation your case. We can go over your legal options with you and help you build a strong case, as well as handle all aspects of your claim. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more.
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