To reduce the risks of car accidents, eliminate or minimize any distractions.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of vehicle accidents. There are many distractions that can take a driver’s attention away from the road and from the actions of surrounding vehicles. When this happens it puts drivers at risk.
A case in Santa Cruz, CA demonstrates how dangerous driving with distractions can be. A 26-year-old man driving a 1991 black pickup truck was preoccupied with his radio when traffic stopped. He was looking down at the radio, did not see that traffic in front of him was slowing down, and he crashed into the back of of a van driven by a man. The van was then pushed into the left lane, hitting a pickup truck driven by a woman. Her truck was slammed against the guardrail.
The distracted driver who caused the crash had his vehicle roll into the left lane. He appeared to have significant injuries and was transported to the hospital via helicopter. The drivers of the two other vehicles were not injured in the accidents, though the van needed to be towed.
To reduce the risks of car accidents, eliminate or minimize any distractions. Be constantly aware of what you are doing. If you need to adjust the radio, find an item, answer or make a phone call, etc., wait until you have pulled over. Performing any actions that distract you from the task at hand is very dangerous. Cell phone use, radios, texting, or any other sort of distraction puts you and other drivers on the road at risk. Drivers who do not operate their vehicles with care and caution can be held liable for their negligent actions. Even if there are no injuries, you could recover damages from another negligent driver in the event of an accident.
If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Even minor accidents can benefit from the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Regardless of the severity of the crash or the injuries you sustain, you may be able to hold the negligent driver responsible. If your vehicle is damaged in any way you should not be responsible for paying to repair it. If you incur medical expenses as the result of an accident, you are entitled to financial reimbursement for these as well. Medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, disability, and lost wages are all damages that can be sought following a serious accident.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
After a car accident, seek medical attention and contact the Hoffmann Law Firm. Our personal injury practice focuses on helping victims of car accidents in St. Louis, Missouri, and the surrounding area. call us today at (314) 361-4242.
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