Distracted drivers should be held liable for the damages they cause other motorists to suffer. Yet if things were up to the insurance companies that represent distracted drivers, then no one would ever get compensation.
At The Gatti Law Firm in Clackamas and Portland, we believe it is only right to pursue utmost compensation in the names of our clients who have been hit by distracted drivers. With financial compensation provided in full, you can focus on your recovery and health instead of worrying about how your bills are going to get paid. We have more than 45 years of legal experience, so let us put it to good use by working on your claim or lawsuit.
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How Do Drivers Distract Themselves?
Driver distractions come in many forms, and nearly all of them are caused by the driver themselves instead of a third party. To build your distracted driving accident claim, we will want to find out just how the other driver had distracted themselves. If we can prove that they were distracted and not giving their full attention to the road, then your claim’s chances of success could go up.
Some of the most common forms of driver distractions are:
- Texting or using a smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting the radio or GPS
- Talking with a passenger
- Looking at a crash
- Applying makeup or shaving
Texting & Driving is the Worst Distraction
There appears to be some science behind why texting and driving are widely considered the worst form of driver distraction that can lead to car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sorted driver distractions into three forms and texting while driving engages all three forms at once.
The three types of driver distractions are:
- Manual: If a driver’s hands are taken off the steering wheel, then they are manually distracted.
- Visual: If a driver’s eyes are taken off the road, then they are visually distracted.
- Mental: If a driver’s mind is taken off the task of driving, then they are mentally distracted.
Picking up a smartphone, looking at a text, and thinking about how to respond check all three distraction boxes at once. To make matters even worse, mental distractions linger, sometimes for up to a minute after the distraction’s source goes away. For example, if a driver reads a text message and puts the phone away, then they will still be thinking about that text instead of the road around them for 30 seconds or longer.
How to Prove Driver Distraction
Evidence can go a long way when building a distracted driving accident case. Our attorneys know where to look for proof that can bolster your arguments while placing more liability on the other driver. Eyewitness testimonies can often be the most powerful piece of evidence a claimant can get because other drivers might have had a better view of what the distracted driver was doing than you did. In rare cases, it might even be possible to get cellular data transcripts to see if messages were being sent at the time of the crash without necessarily accessing the content of those messages.
Experienced Attorneys Standing for You
There is no better time than right now to learn more about your legal options after being hurt by a distracted driver. You don’t want to wait too long, or the details of the crash will become more difficult to remember, which could hurt your claim. We encourage you to call our Clackamas distracted driving accident attorneys at (503) 543-1114 as soon as possible, so we can get your case moving. You can also fill out an online contact form if preferred.