Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted Driving Accidents
Hansen Injury Law has the best Car Accident Lawyers in Boise Driving on Idaho’s crowded highways and interstates demands every bit of a driver’s attention. Weather conditions, construction sites, and the driving behavior of those we share the roads with compete with distractions such as cell phones, GPS systems, and even our passengers. The amount of distractions modern drivers face is an increasing problem, as distracted driving accidents have become alarmingly common. Taking your attention away from the road in front of you for even a few seconds can result in serious accidents with severe and potentially life threatening injuries. At Hansen Injury Law, we want you to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving, as well as how our experienced car accident attorneys can help you if you are injured in this type of accident.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Many of us are used to multitasking, talking on our cellphones, texting or checking our emails while we are engaged in other activities. While not paying attention to what is going on around you is never a good idea, this can be a particularly dangerous combination when behind the wheel of a car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Distraction.gov , more than 650,000 drivers engage in talking on cell phones, texting, or using electronic devices while driving. Known as distracted driving, more 420,000 people are injured in these types of accidents each year. While cell phones and texting are the most common and potentially dangerous causes of distracted driving accidents, other common activities that divert a driver’s attention from the road includes the following:
- Audio devices, such as car radios, CD and MP3 players;
- Car navigation and GPS systems;
- Eating or drinking while driving; and
- Talking or being distracted by children or passengers.
How We Can Help If You Are Injured In A Distracted Driving Accident
In an effort to cut down on distracted driving accidents, the majority of states, including Idaho, have enacted laws prohibiting drivers from texting while driving, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. While these laws may deter drivers from using their cell phones to text while behind the wheel, it does not prevent them from making calls or participating in other forms of distracted driving behavior. Drivers who engage in this behavior can be held liable for any injuries that result.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our experienced car accident attorneys can help you to recover damages for your injuries, either through an insurance settlement or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. As a result of your injuries, you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses and the costs for ongoing treatment;
- Lost wages and future losses in income;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Scarring, disabilities, and loss of enjoyment in life.
In addition to the above, you may be entitled to punitive damages, meant to punish the at fault party, as well as a wrongful death claim, if the accident resulted in fatalities.
Let Us Assist You
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact our experienced car accident attorneys today. At Hansen Injury Law, we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions so that you can get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. We serve clients in Boise, Meridian, and the surrounding areas.