Many people are so used to the task of driving that it almost becomes automatic, and their minds may wander to other things while they are on the road. However, the truth is that driving often requires one’s full attention, and anything that distracts from the task at hand can potentially lead to an accident. When these car crashes occur, the distracted driver can often be found at fault.
In general, safe driving requires eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and concentration on the driving task. Distracted driving can involve anything that detracts from one or more of these things. Some possible examples include:
Any of these behaviors, as well as other examples of distracted driving, may be considered negligent if they cause an accident that injures another person.
If you have been injured in an accident with a suspected distracted driver, you should hire an attorney who can help you build a case for compensation. Often, evidence of erratic driving, such as video camera footage or witness testimony, is sufficient to demonstrate a driver’s fault and secure the compensation you need. However, specific evidence of distracted driving can make your case even stronger. Your attorney can help you obtain police reports, cell phone records, and testimony from passengers who may be able to speak directly to the driver’s distracted state at the time of the crash. All of this evidence can be used as leverage in settlement negotiations, or to persuade a judge and jury in a personal injury trial.
At the Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we can help you recognize common signs of distracted driving that may have been a factor in your accident, and work to hold the at-fault driver accountable. Contact an experienced Naperville, IL car accident lawyer today at 630-420-1000 for a free initial consultation.
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