Distracted Driving Accident Attorney in San Angelo, TX
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Drivers who use their cell phones while driving have a significantly increased risk of being involved in an accident. In fact, studies have shown that drivers who use cell phones are four times as likely to get into an accident. Unfortunately, the statistics regarding accidents caused by distracted driving keep getting worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,179 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving in 2014.
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a distracted driving accident, you need an attorney who will fight for you. At Jeff Chandler Law, we have the experience, the resources, and the passion to fight for you. We know how to investigate a case, gather evidence, and negotiate with the insurance companies. We can also take your case to trial if that is what is best for you.
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Overview of the Distracted Driving Accident Lawsuit Process
In a typical distracted driving accident case, we start by investigating the incident. The investigation will include an analysis of the police report and other evidence. We will interview witnesses and obtain medical records. What we learn will be used to establish that the other driver's actions led to the accident. We will also seek to prove that the driver's distraction may have increased the severity of the accident. We will then negotiate with the insurance company or file a lawsuit in court.
The following are some of the common types of cases we handle:
- Cell Phone Use Caused the Accident: If the driver was using a cell phone when the accident occurred, the cell phone's use may be a contributing factor to the accident. The driver's cell phone use may be considered a proximate cause of the accident, meaning the use of the cell phone could have reasonably been foreseen as the cause of the crash.
- Driver Was Distracted by a Text Message: If the driver was receiving/answering a text when the accident occurred, it may be reasonable to say that the accident was caused by the driver taking his/her attention from the road to deal with the text. Such an action can lead to a terrible crash.
- Driver Was Distracted by a GPS Device: When a driver diverts their attention away from the road to view the GPS screen or input directions, their focus shifts from the immediate surroundings, reducing their ability to react to sudden obstacles or changes in traffic conditions. This distraction can result in delayed braking or steering responses, potentially causing collisions or other dangerous incidents.
- Driver Was Distracted by an Electronic Device: When a driver engages with their infotainment center, tablet, or other gadgets while behind the wheel, their attention becomes divided, diverting their focus away from the road, traffic signals, and potential hazards. This dangerous multitasking can result in delayed reaction times, erratic driving behavior, and impaired situational awareness, all of which contribute to a higher risk of accidents.
- Driver Was Distracted by Applying Makeup: If a driver attempts to do their makeup while behind the wheel, their focus and manual dexterity shift from driving to the mirror, brushes, and cosmetics. This diversion of attention can lead to a loss of situational awareness, delayed reactions to traffic changes, and compromised vehicle control, all of which increase the chances of a collision.
- Driver Was Distracted by Eating: When a driver's hands are occupied with food and their attention is divided between the meal and the road, their ability to react to traffic conditions and unexpected events is compromised. Taking one's eyes off the road to unwrap a burger, spill a drink, or even glance at a napkin can result in delayed response times and impaired driving performance.
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