When a person is learning to drive, one of the first lessons they learn is to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. However, many forget this rule and engage in distracted driving, putting themselves and others at risk. Distracted driving accidents are a widespread issue. In a recent year, accidents caused by distracted driving accounted for 3,142 deaths in the U.S. If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident, we want to help you. Contact Lowcountry Law, LLC, to get started.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is an umbrella term for anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving.
There are three types of distractions while driving:
A visual distraction is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, including texting, looking at the GPS, or adjusting the radio.
Manual distractions are those that cause a driver to take one or both hands off the wheel, including eating, reaching for something, or doing their makeup.
A cognitive distraction preoccupies a driver’s mind, causing them to lose focus on driving. These distractions include emotional distress, daydreaming, or fatigue.
When a driver engages in distracted driving, it puts them at risk but also creates danger for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Distracted Driving Can Lead to Serious Accidents and Injuries
Distracted driving can cause many kinds of collisions, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
Injuries resulting from distracting driving accidents can include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Facial injuries
- Burns from airbag impact
Other drivers are at risk, in addition to anyone else sharing the road. When a driver is distracted, they can fail to see motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians, which may cause unfortunate and unnecessary accidents.
Compensation Available for Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving accidents can leave a victim facing physical injury and other types of losses, including financial losses. Damages for distracted driving accidents in South Carolina can include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Proving your damages can be challenging, but a car accident attorney can gather available evidence to strengthen your case. Helpful evidence for distracted driving accidents can include:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Photos and videos
- Surveillance or traffic cam footage
- Medical records
A car accident lawyer has the skills to determine what your case is worth in order to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
A Skilled Car Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’re involved in a distracted driving accident, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. A car accident lawyer can take over and handle your case from beginning to end, handling the most critical tasks, including:
- Investigating your accident
- Establishing liability
- Calculating your damages
- Collecting important evidence
- Engaging in settlement negotiations
- Representing your best interests
Lowcountry Law, LLC is ready to help you pursue justice and compensation for your distracted driving accident. During your complimentary consultation, Attorney Matthew Breen, a graduate of the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, will get to know the specifics of your case while addressing your questions and concerns.
We have what it takes to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get started.