Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents that can also results in serious injuries. Distracted driving is driving while doing any activity that takes your attention away from the road. While we usually associated distracted drivers with cell phones and texting this also includes being on other electronics, eating or drinking, or adjusting vehicle controls like radio, gps, or temperature settings. You cannot drive safely unless driving has your full attention.
Who Is At Fault For A Distracted Driving Car Accident?
In order to establish fault in a distracted driving accident case, an Edmonton car accident injury attorney may be able to help you prove that the responsible driver acted in a negligent manner. Some examples of traffic violations that might be considered negligent include:
- Running a red light
- Failure to use turn signals
- Illegal turns or lane changes
- Failing to yiled
- Rear-end car accidents
Common Causes Of Distracted Driving Accidents
According to Transport Canada, distracted driving occurs whenever a driver removes their attention from the road or the safe operation of their vehicle and focuses on something else. Examples of distracted driving include:
- Drivers being “lost in thought”
- Cell phones and texting
- Other people in the car
- Driver reaching for something or fiddling with controls
- Eating and drinking
- Looking at people, objects, or events outside the car
Do I Need A Distracted Driver Accident Injury Lawyer?
Timing is critical if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Our experts recommend reaching out for representation as soon as possible. Insurance companies may often make efforts to settle a claim quickly or compensate with a settlement that’s less than what you deserve.
“We sometimes see insurance companies that will strongarm clients into a settlement that does not match the value of the vehicle. It’s important to us that our clients know you do not always have to accept that first offer,” says Tarrabain.