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Were you involved in a car accident
because of a distracted driver and need legal help? Contact the Huntsville distracted driving auto injury attorneys
at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.
If you have been involved in a distracted driving car wreck in Huntsville or elsewhere in North Alabama, it will be important to seek help from a personal injury lawyer who will conduct an exhaustive investigation of your crash and determine whether it was the result of distracted driving.
If a driver allowed a distraction to get in the way of safely operating his or her vehicle and caused harm to you or your loved one, the at-fault driver’s insurance company should pay for your losses. Having a skilled attorney investigate and gather evidence to show the other driver was distracted offers the best chance for you to obtain full compensation for your losses.
To learn more about your rights after being injured by a distracted driver, contact Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. With more than 90 years of combined legal experience, our car wreck lawyers know how to determine precisely what caused an accident and how to seek just compensation for victims and their families. We can provide a timely, courtesy consultation about your case.
How Can Our Huntsville Car Wreck Attorneys Help After a Distracted Driving Accident?
We will investigate the accident thoroughly. If we can establish evidence that another driver’s negligence caused your crash, you can seek a full and fair settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or take the case to court.
To establish that the negligent behavior involved distracted driving takes skill and hard work and a legal team with experience handling this type of car accident. For instance, you need to gather evidence that not only shows that the driver was engaged in a distracting activity, but that, in fact, the distraction caused the crash. You must also take note if you were hit by an uninsured driver. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, so that the attorney can collect the facts, preserve evidence and undertake the necessary legal procedures.
During the investigation, our attorneys look for many types of evidence that a driver was distracted, including:
- Cell phone records
- The other driver admits to it
- Interrogatories and depositions
- Eyewitness interviews (including passengers)
- Photos of the crash scene and vehicles
- Security camera footage
- Police report or officer testimony
In some cases, we may utilize the services of an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the evidence and provide an expert opinion. The expert may find, for example, that an at-fault driver’s phone activity coupled with the lack of skid marks before the impact indicate that the driver was distracted and that the accident could have been prevented if the driver was focused on the road. The expert’s conclusion can serve as strong proof of negligence.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver in Huntsville or anywhere in North Alabama, let our dedicated car wreck attorneys help you pursue just compensation. By pursuing a personal injury claim with the help of an experienced attorney from Morris, King & Hodge, you can receive compensation for the physical, mental and financial damages you suffered due to an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Too Many Drivers Ignore the Dangers of Distracted Driving
By now, drivers in Alabama and others states should be well aware of the dangers of distracted driving. A number of studies have called attention to the harm distracted drivers can cause. A 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that eight people die and 1,161 more people are injured each day in the United States in crashes involving distracted driving.
Unfortunately, traffic deaths in Alabama during the first half of 2016 increased 26 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the National Safety Council. Many of those fatal crashes were preventable accidents caused by distracted drivers. Accidents involving lane departures, over-correction and hitting fixed objects are indicators of distracted driving.
A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report published in 2016 said that across the U.S., accidents in which the driver was distracted at the time of the crash represent:
In approximately 400 crashes in 2014, a driver was using a cell phone, the report said.
If anything, the extent of distracted driving accidents in Alabama and across the U.S. is likely underreported, the National Safety Council has said. Many at-fault drivers do not admit they were talking on a phone when an accident occurred. Unless police obtain cell phone records and make the determination, the cause of the accident may be coded as something other than a distracted driving accident.
People should know that certain types of distracted driving, such as texting, are now widely prohibited by law. For example, the North Alabama cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Athens all banned texting while driving in 2010. Two years later, Alabama became the 38th state to approve a statewide ban on texting and driving.