Distracted Driving Lawyer Zachary D. Clayton Explains the Rights of Crash Victims
Driver distraction has become a leading cause of motor vehicle collisions and was a contributing factor to an estimated 10 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents in recent years. Distracted driving has become a bigger problem because of the rise of smartphone technology and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
However, there are many different kinds of distractions that could cause motorists to become liable for car accident losses. Something as simple as paying attention to a pet in the car or changing the music on a radio station could cause a collision to occur that has life-changing consequences — and that the driver who caused the accident is legally responsible for.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help if you were the victim of a distracted driving accident. Zachary D. Clayton, Esq can work closely with you to identify the cause of the crash, to prove that the other motorist was to blame and to show you are entitled to full and fair compensation for all accident-related injuries.
We not only assist victims who sustained severe injuries, but we also help family members who have lost loved ones and who are entitled to wrongful death compensation. We understand how life-changing the accident was for you and how important your case is, and we will not stop fighting until we give you every chance to get the compensation you deserve.
Zachary D. Clayton and our Vegas distracted driving accident lawyers will help you to pursue a claim for compensation through negotiating a settlement with your insurance company or will provide you with representation as you go to court and fight to get a jury to award you damages for losses.
At every step of the way, we provide you with compassionate and knowledgeable legal advice and support as you navigate the aftermath of a serious accident. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today. Call us to discuss your situation and learn how we can help you seek maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
What Are the Types of Distracted Driving Accidents?
Distracted driving accidents can occur when:
- A motorist is texting or emailing
- A driver is using Facebook or other social media while operating a vehicle
- A driver is entering information into a GPS or other navigation system
- A driver is using an infotainment system in a vehicle
- A motorist is watching a movie or video
- A driver is talking on the phone
- A driver is changing the music
- The driver is focused on a conversation with passengers in the car
- The driver is paying attention to pets, children, or other passengers in the vehicle with him
- Drivers are daydreaming or thinking about something other than the road
Many motorists believe that they are not at risk of a distracted driving accident if they are using hands-free devices, rather than physically holding their phone. However, this is simply not the case. In any circumstance where you’re doing something besides focusing on the road, there is a risk of inattention blindness. This means that you don’t see what is going on in front of you be-cause your brain is not good at multi-tasking.
When driving distracted, you also have a delayed reaction time and may not be able to stop in time before hitting another vehicle or pedestrian. And, you may veer into opposing traffic or si-deswipe other cars because you aren’t focusing on staying in your own lane and watching the road.
Who is Responsible for Distracted Driving Accidents?
When a distracted driving accident occurs, the driver who was distracted at the time of the accident should be held responsible for the damages and losses that occurred due to the crash. Victims hurt by a distracted driving accident can pursue a claim in court against the careless driver who chose to operate the vehicle while focusing on something other than the road.
Victims could also negotiate a settlement with the insurer representing the distracted driver, but should talk with a Vegas injury lawyer before settling a claim because once a settlement is agreed to, it’s not possible to pursue additional claims for compensation arising out of the same accident.
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A victim who is pursuing a claim for compensation from a distracted driver, either in court or out of court, will need to be able to prove that the driver was responsible for causing an accident to occur. This involves showing the driver was negligent and that the negligence was the direct cause of the crash.
Collision victims can create a presumption of negligence by showing that a driver broke the rules of the road, such as violating a law against distracted driving. Victims can also show that the driver was unreasonably careless in allowing himself to become distracted when no motorist ex-pressing ordinary care would have engaged in this type of behavior.
How do I Get Compensation for Distracted Driving Accidents?
If you can successfully prove that a distracted driver caused your accident to occur, you should be compensated for all losses the accident caused. If your family member was killed in a distracted driving accident, surviving loved ones should receive wrongful death damages.
Victims and their families should be compensated for both economic and non-financial loss including for:
- Medical costs and lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship and loss of the deceased person’s income in the case of wrongful death claims.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers will help to ensure you can prove the full extent of damage so you can receive the money you deserve to be made whole following a distracted driving accident.
Getting Help From Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Our Vegas distracted driving injury lawyers know the ins-and-outs of car accident claims, and we can negotiate a settlement on your behalf or help you present the most compelling possible case in court. We will work hard to get you the money that you need so you can move on with your life following an accident.
To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.