Driving while talking on the phone or texting or even while not focussing on the road is tantamount to car accidents. While driving on the road, it is the responsibility of the driver to take caution and drive carefully. Not just for his own sake but for the sake of the fellow riders, pedestrians, and vehicles. Every year more than 11,000 accidents cases come ashore due to distracted driving. Due to this, 87 people lost their lives in 2017.
As per the Washington State law, if anyone is caught while texting or talking on the road, the person is guilty of the traffic infraction. And the law states that such an individual has to give a fine of $124. But this amount is only if the person is caught. Further, if this negligence leads to an accident the consequences can be grave depending upon the gravity of the situation.
What are the major causes of Distracted Driving?
Out of numerous triggers which results in nudging the driver’s attention off the road, the major ones are:
- Talking on the phone
- Texting while driving
- Listening to loud music
- Focussing on the intuitive touchscreen installed in the car too much
- Fighting with someone while driving
- Driving under influence
All these reasons have one thing in common, and that is the removal of driver’s concentration from the road be it even for a few seconds.
Your involvement in the accident:
If and when you are unfortunately involved in such an accident the first thing is to get help and ensure that you receive proper health care. The worst thing is that you will have mounting medical expenses, there may be the loss of wages, and in some cases, there are fatalities too.
You will get the fair compensation for all the losses if you follow the right course of action. It is in these instances that the party at fault may try to invoke a compromise and get rid of the matter discreetly. But beware, you will not get what you truly deserve with this course of action. If you are reluctant of pressing charges thinking that it is too much work, then this is where the Jackman Law Firm comes in.
What can we do?
First of all, we will advise you to collect and gather all the evidence from your side. This includes any proof of the crash, the medical bills, and other losses. Then simply give us a call and get your free consultation. We will revisit all the facts and evidence and then build a strong case for you.
Initially, we will contact the driver who was responsible for the crash and ask for a claim from the car insurance company. If the driver or the company won’t cooperate, then we will file a lawsuit in the court and get you the deserved compensation through the court. Be advised that as per the State Law you only have until 3 years to file a legal complaint, after which the case will be admissible in court. Hence, if you were recently involved in such an incident then wait no more, give us a call and let the professionals handle the matter.