Hit by a Distracted Driver? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Every driver owes a duty of care to the others they share the road with. If you’ve been injured by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for any medical treatment, lost wages, and other economic or non-economic damages that result. And if you want fair compensation for your injuries, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Act Quickly to Preserve Valuable Evidence
It isn’t always easy to prove that a driver was distracted—and most at-fault drivers aren’t willing to admit it. Out of those 163,040 estimated distraction-related crashes in Georgia last year, distraction was fully confirmed as a factor in only 3,257. Drivers will even lie about what happened to shield themselves from responsibility. And insurance companies will do anything they can to reduce the amount of damages they have to pay.
That’s why having an experienced lawyer to protect you is so invaluable. If our team acts quickly, we can often preserve mobile phone records and other data that documents the driver’s phone use at the time of the crash.
And while it might not be possible to prove that the at-fault driver was fiddling with their tech gadgets or adjusting the radio at the time of the crash, a thorough crash investigation can help you demonstrate that the other involved driver’s unsafe actions (sudden lane change, speeding, or failing to stop) were responsible for the crash.
Another great resource is witnesses. It’s always advised to get the names and contact information of anyone affected by or witnessing the event. Whether they weren’t involved in the accident at all or were in the car with the other driver, these witnesses can provide insight into possible distracted driving.
If you were hit by a commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck, note that there may be footage from a dash camera or other recording device. Trucking companies are using these more frequently to increase safety on the road, and in some cases the content may be accessible and useful in your case.
The sooner you contact an attorney for help and legal advice, the greater the chance that critical evidence can be collected and preserved, and the better your odds for fair compensation in the end.