Since the advent of cell phones and other small electronic devices which can be used in vehicles, accidents caused by distracted drivers have increased across the U.S. Distracted driving involves any type of activity which takes your mind off your driving, your hands off the steering wheel, or your eyes off the road. Unfortunately, these behaviors can lead to serious accidents. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our attorney team is highly aware of the devastating consequences that can occur to drivers and passengers involved in distracted driving accidents.
As car accident lawyers, we’ve handled thousands of claims and lawsuits for clients victimized by negligent actions or inaction, including distracted driving. If you’ve been harmed by a distracted driver, whether as another driver or a passenger, we’re here to assist you with the legal guidance, support, and professional resources you need to help put your life back together. We’ve been representing accident victims since 1997 and have built a strong reputation based on proven legal ability and an unwavering commitment to our clients’ best interests.
Distractions while driving can include various actions, such as:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people die and more than 1,060 people are injured every day across the nation in accidents involving a distracted driver. Distraction.gov reports that 3,328 people were killed in distracted driver accidents in 2012. An estimated 421,000 were injured that same year, which was an increase of 9 percent from those injured in such crashes in 2011. Because of these statistics and the tragic stories they embody for accident victims, many states such as Florida have banned all texting while others have also legislated bans on all handheld cell phone use.
Cell phone use while driving has been shown to increase the risk of getting into an accident by three times. In some studies, it has been reported that drivers distracted by cell phones have as much risk of being involved in a traffic crash as drunk drivers. This was the conclusion of the study “A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver,” reported by Distraction.gov which states that “with respect to traffic safety, the data suggest that the impairments associated with cell phone drivers may be as great as those commonly observed with intoxicated drivers.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident involving a distracted driver, you may be facing unpredicted medical expenses and other losses. Getting professional legal help can make a difference in the settlement you walk away with. It can be vital when you need the time and space to concentrate on healing. Our firm has the experience, skills, and resources to help you obtain the financial recovery you need and deserve. Contact us for a free consultation about your case to get started today.