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, in the most basic terms, 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:
- Conversing with passengers in the car
- Using a cell phone, smart phone, or other handheld device
- Reading or watching a video, including maps and GPS systems
- Texting while driving
- 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.