Distracted Driving Accidents & Injuries
Car Accident Attorney in Washington, DC
As technology has afforded us the ability to remain constantly connected
through the use of personal and handheld devices, distracted driving has
become an issue of great concern. In fact, many organizations and law
enforcement agencies have gone as far as calling distracted driving a
national epidemic, and one that causes an overwhelming amount of needless harm.
Distracted driving refers to any activity or behavior that diverts a motorist's
attention away from the primary task of driving. There are many forms
of distracted driving, the most common of which include:
- Texting while driving
Using a cell phone, smart phone, or other handheld device
- Conversing with passengers in the car
- Reading or watching a video, including maps and GPS systems
- Personal grooming
- Drinking and eating
While any form of distracted driving is inherently dangerous, few pose
as extreme risks for harm as texting while driving. Texting distracts
a drivers' manual, cognitive, and visual attention, which increases
a motorist's crash risk by up to 23 times, according to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nationwide crash reports
compiled by the NHTSA clearly exemplify these risks, with more than 3,000
reported deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers
in 2011 alone. In response to such alarming statistics, Washington, DC
has followed suit with many states throughout the nation by enacting a
number of laws regarding distracted driving, including:
- Ban on using handheld devices for all drivers
- Ban on cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers
- Ban on texting for all drivers
As these bans are primary laws, law enforcement officers are able to ticket
drivers for an offense without any other traffic violation taking place.
In addition to being illegal, distracted driving is widely known to be
dangerous, careless, and extremely negligent. As such, victims injured
in crashes caused by distracted drivers can hold at-fault motorists fully
liable for the damages they caused by filing a personal injury claim.
Work with Proven Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyers
A practice centered on our clients, our firm fights relentlessly on behalf
of victims and families who have been adversely affected by car accidents
caused by distracted drivers. If you or your loved one has been injured
by a driver who you suspect was engaging in any form of distracted driving,
then allow our legal team to investigate all circumstances surrounding
your accident, secure supporting evidence, and effectively create a customized
plan that establishes negligence and liability.
As proven Washington, DC personal injury attorneys with a solid record
of success and numerous professional achievements, our legal team has
demonstrated, without a doubt, that we have what it takes to help our
client obtain justice and the maximum compensation possible.
Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to discuss your needs.