Distracted driving encompasses a number of bad habits, but it has become more prevalent in the era of the cell phone. When drivers turn their attention away from the road, either putting their eyes, hands, or minds on something else happening around them, it increases the risk of an accident.
According to the State of Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, nine percent of the drivers you see on the road every day could be making calls on their cell phones at any moment, and 26 percent of accidents involve cell phones, even if an individual is using a hands-free device. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a distracted driving accident, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771. The distracted driving accident lawyers serving Algiers, all the city of New Orleans, and Orleans Parish in Louisiana may assist you with building a claim for the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If we cannot reach a settlement, we are prepared to take your case to court. You should not have to pay for the mistakes of others.
Our Algiers distracted driving accident lawyers offer free consultation and work on a contingency basis. You pay no up-front attorney fees and we only get paid if you collect compensation for your losses.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Driving requires practiced eye, hand, and foot coordination, as well as one’s undivided attention. Distracted driving is any behavior that interrupts the driver, which is usually negligent and costly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 1,000 people suffer injuries every day in distracted driving-related accidents. There are three categories of distracted driving according to the CDC:
Cognitive-Related Distracted Driving
Whenever the driver is mentally focused on something other than the driving at hand, they are driving distracted. If the driver is thinking about things like the chores at home, projects to complete at work, or just simply daydreaming, the driver is less likely to be prepared for changing road conditions.
Manual-Related Distracted Driving
Anytime a driver takes his hands from the wheel of the vehicle to handle something is another form of distracted driving. Such behaviors include adjusting the radio station, answering a phone call, or sending a text message. When the driver’s hands are not on the wheel and something occurs on the road that requires their immediate response, their reaction time is cut because of the distraction.
Visual-Related Distracted Driving
The final type of distracted driving is looking at something other than the road. This type of distracted driving can include viewing the scenery outside of the car, looking at a GPS device for directions, or reading a text message. Much of our interaction with the world around us begins with our vision, so any time a driver is not watching the road is an opportunity for an accident.
For a free legal consultation with a Distracted Driving Accident lawyer serving Algiers, call 800-537-8185
Injuries Sustained in a Distracted Driving Accident
Every car accident is different, but there are certain common injuries among them. In a distracted driving accident, victims have been known to commonly suffer from:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Wrongful death
If you have suffered such injuries in a distracted driving accident, speak with an Algiers distracted driving accident lawyer with the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771 for a free case consultation. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses, even if you were partially at fault. Under Louisiana’s comparative fault law, CC 2323, the degree of fault you may be ascribed in an accident only reduces your compensation, so you are not barred from possibly collecting awards.
Recovering Compensation from Your Losses
After any accident, you should always seek medical attention. Even if you feel well and uninjured, our team always recommends you see your healthcare provider for two reasons. You may have internal injuries that you are unaware of at first, and it provides a written connection between your injuries and the accident.
As you heal from your injuries, you may start to accumulate bills. These losses should not be your burden to carry alone. The Algiers distracted driving accident lawyers with the Morris Bart law firm can assist you in calculating your losses for your insurance claim and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. Some losses may include:
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earnings
- Medical bills
- Diminished quality of life
- Property damage
- Mental distress
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket costs
If you lost a loved one, we can also help you to collect on a wrongful death case for your family. We can help you seek compensation for:
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and protection
Contact the Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Serving Algiers with Morris Bart, LLC Today
If a distracted driver injured you or a loved one in a car accident, we can help you start the process of collecting compensation for your losses, but do not wait too long to reach out to us. Louisiana’s statute of limitations, CC 3492, is only one year from the date you received your injuries in the distracted driving accident.
This deadline means that after the year passes, you may not be able to pursue compensation. For a free case consultation on your possible eligibility to pursue compensation and to find out more about your legal options, call (504) 613-4771 to speak with the distracted driving accident lawyers serving Algiers from the Morris Bart law firm.You pay nothing up-front.
Our attorney’s fees are paid only if you collect a negotiated settlement or a court award.
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