Across the United States, distracted driving is a pressing issue on our roadways that is claiming many lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine people die and 1,000 are injured every day in the United States from distracted driving. If you were such a person, or your loved one was lost in an accident due to distracted driving, we can help.
To combat distracted driving accidents, many states have enacted distracted driving laws that range from the specific use of a handheld device to reading a book. Regardless if the liable driver in your accident was texting, grooming themselves, or writing, they are still considered a distracted driver. In some states, drivers may even get pulled over for driving while using a cell phone.
In Illinois, 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 prohibits “aggravated use of an electronic communication device.” If the driver who caused your injuries was texting, we will collect evidence to prove he or she was doing so.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s distracted driving, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. The key, though, is proving that the driver was distracted and caused the accident. When looking for legal support following a vehicle collision, contact an Elgin distracted driving lawyer from the Kryder Law Group, LLC today.
Legal Recourse From Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving accidents are all too frequent in the U.S. When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suspect the opposing driver was distracted, contact the Kryder Law Group as soon as possible. Once you have contacted us, an distracted driving accident attorney in Elgin can consider your next steps.
We will begin by investigating your claim to determine if the driver was in fact distracted when the accident occurred. To do so, the Kryder Law Group, LLC can obtain cell phone records, access surveillance video, and collect other evidence that proves the driver was distracted and thus at fault.
If you are in Elgin and feel like a victim of distracted driving after a car accident, contact the Kryder Law Group, LLC now by calling us. We can guide you through the process of filing an insurance claim for damages. If necessary, we can also represent you in court. We are also prepared to:
- Gather and analyze evidence to support your testimony
- Offer legal guidance and help you understand your options
- Answer all your questions
- Make ourselves available to you over the phone, via email, or through text messaging at any time of day or night
- File all paperwork within relevant timelines
- Handle all communication with insurance companies
We want to help you in any way we can.
Various Types of Distracted Driving
The CDC has listed three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distracted driving occurs when a driver starts taking their eyes off the road. This type of distraction might include reading a text message, looking at car mirrors, or looking at a car’s video display.
With manual distracted driving, the driver actually takes their hands off of the wheel. This type of distracted driving can happen while someone texts, calls, uses the radio, picks up items off the floor, and more. Because a driver’s eyes tend to move where their hands go, both manual and visual distracted driving are very related.
Cognitive distracted driving is when the driver’s mind is not focused on the roadway. This is a mental distraction that can cause someone to travel down the road for long periods of time without realizing they are even driving. This can also happen when a driver is more focused on a conversation happening inside the car than on driving. Someone may also experience cognitive distractions when caring for small children in the back seat.
Above all, the CDC states that texting is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines elements of all three forms. The CDC also reports that reading a text can take up to five seconds, which means someone would have driven the length of a football field when driving at 55 mph and looking away from the road while texting.
Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable With the Kryder Law Group, LLC
Distracted driving accidents are preventable. A lawyer with the Kryder Law Group, LLC can help you recover damages when injured through a distracted driving accident that occurred through no fault of your own. As the CDC’s statistics have shown, distracted driving impacts the U.S. every single day with deadly accidents and many injuries.
You could be owed compensation for your damages. We could potentially help you recover damages to cover the costs of:
- Your emergency medical treatment
- Follow-up treatment
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Transportation costs
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Childcare costs
It is important to remember that you are required to prove liability in order to collect compensation. An Elgin distracted driving accident lawyer can fight for your rights and prove that the responsible party was driving while distracted and should pay for your injuries. We can:
- Prove that the other driver had a duty of care toward you
- Show that the other driver violated this duty of care
- Demonstrate that this violation caused your injuries
- Prove that your injuries caused you financial loss
Contact an Elgin Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Today
Call the Kryder Law Group now if you or a loved one suspect your auto accident was caused by a distracted driver. Our Elgin distracted driving accident lawyers could help you obtain the compensation you need. Contact us online by submitting a free case evaluation.