What Should I Do After a Distracted Driving Accident?
Lafayette Car Accident Lawyers Help You Recover Your Losses
According to the National Safety Council, there are over 1.3 million auto accidents every year caused by distracted driving. It only takes a split-second for a distraction to end in disaster; nearly half of those 1.3 million collisions resulted in injury to one or more drivers. If you are one of the thousands injured in automobile accidents, an experienced car accident lawyer at our law firm can help. Galloway Jefcoat, LLP has represented injured drivers in court for almost 20 years serving in and around Lafayette, Louisiana, including Lakes Charles, Sulphur and Calcasieu Parish.
What Counts as Distracted Driving?
Distractions take many shapes, but they can be broken down into three main categories:
- Visual distractions, where a driver’s eyes leave the road
- Manual distractions, where a driver lets go of the steering wheel
- Mental distractions, where a driver loses focus on driving
Texting while driving is a particularly dangerous type of distracted driving because it involves all three of the categories above. Louisiana, like many states, bans texting while driving. However, texting and driving continues to be a problem nationwide.
How Serious of a Problem is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving causes 10 percent of traffic fatalities per year in the United States. Distracted driving accidents are completely preventable and should never happen. Texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking, rubbernecking to view an accident, applying makeup, using a GPS, operating a hand-held device, changing music, admiring scenery, dealing with passengers or even just becoming lost in an emotional issue are all distractions that can result in an accident.
If a distracted driver causes a car accident or the death of a loved one, you will suffer from physical and emotional trauma, as well as financial losses. The death of a loved one from a completely preventable cause such as distracted driving can lead to depression, grief, anger and a persistent feeling of loss. Nothing can undo what happened, but a Lafayette car accident lawyer can help create a stable financial foundation to make your life a little easier as you attempt to recover from such a terrible tragedy.