Engaging in any activity that takes a driver’s attention from the road is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roads today. Many people try to multi-task while driving. There is a growing awareness that distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior.
Those who engage in distracted driving and cause an accident injuring others should be held accountable for their disregard for safety. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to obtain compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
It’s important to talk to a personal injury attorney to understand your legal rights before you talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company or sign any document they present. Contact Becker Law Office for more information today. We can review your case in a free and confidential legal consultation. We serve clients in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Distracted Driving is a Widespread and Varied Danger
Distracted driving is a widespread problem and over the last decade or more, cell phone use and texting while driving have been blamed for the rise in the number of accidents. Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee have all banned texting while driving and restricted cell phone use among young and inexperienced drivers.
In addition to the use of electronic devices behind the wheel, distracted driving occurs anytime drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. A full discussion of distracted driving must include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers/dealing with children or pets
- Grooming (putting on makeup, shaving, brushing teeth, etc.)
- Reading, including maps
- Using a GPS navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, MP3 player, etc.
There are many kinds of distracted driving that contribute to serious injury accidents.
Distracted Driving in Kentucky
In Kentucky, driver distraction caused 7,337 collisions in 2017, the latest year for which Kentucky State Police statistics are available, 19 of these distracted driving accidents resulted in a death.
According to Kentucky state police, among accidents in 2017 in which distracted driving was a contributing factor:
- 691 involved children age 6 to 12 – two were fatalities fatality
- 323 involved commercial trucks – three were fatalities
- 74 involved emergency vehicles
- 43 involved motorcycles – one was fatal
- 34 involved pedestrians – two were fatalities
- 28 involved school buses
- 12 involved bicyclists
- 8 involved farm vehicles/equipment
- 2 involved all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
- 1 involved a train.
We’ll Build Evidence for Your Distracted Driving Case
If you have been in an accident in which distracted driving was a contributing factor, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and other losses. In our investigation of distracted driving cases, Becker Law Office compiles evidence to determine who should be held responsible, as well as a full accounting of the losses you should be for which you should be compensated.
As the numbers above indicate, state police and other law enforcement agencies recognize the role distracted driving plays in all types of motor vehicle accidents. A police report issued after your accident may attribute the cause of the crash to driver distraction. Other evidence, such as cell phone records or fast-food wrappers and receipts, may indicate that a driver was involved in distracting activities.
Witnesses, including the other driver’s passengers who may also have been injured, might testify that the driver was distracted at the time of the crash. They may have already said something on social media about the crash that indicates the driver’s negligence.
Becker Law Office conducts full investigations of car accidents on behalf of our clients. We develop solid legal claims that persuade insurance companies to settle or enable our litigators to paint a compelling picture in court if necessary.
Contact Becker Law Office After a Distracted Driving Accident
Becker Law Office can help you if you believe that distracted driving caused a car accident in which you or a loved one were injured. We have been handling car accident cases since 1985 and have represented over 33,000 people just like you from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Please call or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your distracted driving accident case and to learn more about the legal representation we can offer you.