Distracted driving causes accidents when someone is engaging in anything that takes their focus from the road and prevents them from reacting to road conditions and other dangers—ultimately making themselves the danger.
Examples of accidents caused by distracted driving include:
- A driver swerving out of their lane and into oncoming traffic
- A driver failing to stop at a red light or other traffic signals
- One driver rear-ending another vehicle
- Failing to yield when a pedestrian is crossing the road
Types of Distracted Driving We Can Help You File a Claim for
Many different behaviors can remove your focus from the road. Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving could be classified as distracted driving. One of the most well-known forms of distracted driving is cell phone use.
Texting, scrolling, Facebooking, posting, emailing, or surfing the internet are all forms of distracted driving.
In addition to cell phone use, here are some other behaviors that cause drivers to become distracted and could lead to accidents:
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Changing the radio
- Interacting with passengers
- Putting on makeup
How Injury Victims are Impacted by Distracted Driving
When the distracted driver causes an accident, they can ruin the victims’ lives.
For instance, an accident victim could be severely injured, sustaining a broken leg that takes months to heal. The break could result in permanent injury, lost mobility, physical pain, and other problems, according to MedlinePlus.
Injuries can also lead to many other negative life changes. For example, a person who is seriously injured may be unable to work, provide an income for themselves and their families, and enjoy their lives. They could deal with mental distress due to their injuries and the accident itself. Injuries that could cause significant upset to a victim’s life:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Burn injuries
- Eye injuries
- Damage to organs or major body systems
- Broken bones
Financial Compensation for Vehicle Accident Victims
If you were hurt in an accident caused by distracted driving, you may be wondering if you can seek compensation for your injuries and losses. You can obtain compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. The person who was driving distracted could be liable for everything you have been through and all the losses you suffered.
For example, if your accident caused you to sustain a spinal cord injury, you could go after the at-fault driver through the civil injury claims process.
Below is a list of damages you may be able to recover.
- Pain and suffering
- Lost life enjoyment
- Mental distress
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning capacity
- Permanent injury
- Transportation expenses
- Property damage
- Cost of mental health treatment
- Cost of physical therapy
Your Lawyer Can Help You with the Process of Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you have suffered losses due to a vehicle accident, ICS §2-1116 allows you to recoup those losses through a pursuing personal injury case. You need to follow the process outlined under the law to receive financial compensation for your accident.
The main steps in the personal injury case process that your lawyer can take over for you include:
- Investigate your accident: you and your lawyer need to gather evidence to prove fault, your injuries, and your damages.
- Calculate your claim’s value: your lawyer can assess and add up all your damages to determine the right amount of compensation to pursue.
- Submit all necessary paperwork promptly: whether it is the demand letter to the other party’s insurance company or your lawsuit, you can count on your lawyer to submit everything on time. Note that 735 ILCS 5/13-202 allows two years for car accident victims to bring their lawsuit against the other party.
- Negotiate a settlement: the other party’s insurance company might underestimate your claim and offer you a lowball settlement that won’t cover all your damages. You can rely on your lawyer to help make sure that you are awarded fair compensation. If they cannot agree on an amount, we can take your case to trial.
Do You Need Help from a Car Accident Lawyer? Call Our Firm
If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident caused by distracted driving, you could be owed financial compensation for your injuries and damages. You do not have to worry about paying your attorney anything upfront for their services. Instead, we do not take your payment unless and until you win compensation for your damages.
Call (312) 223-1700 to learn more about the civil claims process during a free, no-obligation consultation.