Our Attorneys Can Help You Collect Compensation after a Distracted Driving Accident
An activity as simple as adjusting the radio can distract a driver at a crucial moment and have serious, even fatal, consequences. Driving while fatigued can also lead to severe accidents with major repercussions on those involved. By getting behind the wheel while tired or distracted, a driver is endangering those around them. If you or someone you love has been injured during an accident involving distracted driving or fatigue, the team at San Diego Injury Lawyer will work to hold the negligent party responsible.
A distracted driving accident attorney on our legal team, led by Kerry Steigerwalt, understands how stressful a car accident is and can help you collect the compensation you deserve. We have been part of the San Diego, CA, community for over three decades and work on a contingency basis. Contact our office online or call us at (858) 413-9228 to schedule your free case evaluation today.
The attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you hold negligent parties responsible for damages after an accident involving a distracted or fatigued driver.
What Is Distracted Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 individuals were killed and over 390,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2015 alone. Any activity that pulls a driver’s attention away from the road can constitute distracted driving and lead to serious consequences. Our attorneys can work to prove liability on the part of the driver who caused the accident. There are three main types of distracted driving, all of which can have significant consequences.
Cognitive Distracted Driving
When an individual’s mind is focused on other concerns besides driving, their attention is not on the road. A cognitive distraction can include taking on the phone or to a passenger, or even just singing along to the radio. The driver may have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, but they are not focused on driving.
Physical Distracted Driving
Physical distractions can prevent drivers from making necessary maneuvers to avoid accidents. For example, if an individual is drinking or eating while driving, both of their hands are not on the wheel. Their eyes are on the road, but they are not fully focused on or capable of driving.
Visual Distracted Driving
When a driver takes their eyes off the road, they are visually distracted from the task at hand. There are many reasons an individual may look away from the road while driving. They may be looking at a map, sending a text message, or adjusting the radio. However, by doing so, they may not be focused on driving in a crucial moment.
Texting while driving is an increasingly common cause of distraction on the road.
Driving and Fatigue
Fatigue is generally used to describe being sleepy, tired, drowsy, or exhausted. When an individual drives while fatigued, their impaired state can cause:
- Lowered reaction time, judgment, or vision
- Decreased motivation, vigilance, or performance
- Issues processing information
- Problems with short-term memory
- An increase in moodiness or aggressive behavior
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), studies show that 13 percent of commercial motor vehicles drivers were fatigued at the time of a crash or accident. It can be very difficult to determine the cause of a crash in which drowsy driving is suspected. However, our team can recognize the signs and help you collect the compensation you deserve.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Car accidents can have serious physical and financial repercussions for those involved. The attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you hold negligent parties responsible for damages after an accident involving a distracted or fatigued driver. Our attorneys will work to prove the driver was negligent in their duty to drive safely and responsibly. While financial compensation cannot erase the pain and suffering caused by an accident, it can lessen the stress of medical expenses and lost wages.
Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has suffered due to the actions of a distracted or drowsy driver, our team at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you. We do not collect fees unless you recover damages. For a free consultation, contact our office online or call us at (858) 413-9228 as soon as possible.