Distracted Drivers Cause Serious Accidents Every Day
According to Ohio Revised Code § 4511.204, “No person shall drive a motor vehicle… on any street, highway or property open to the public for vehicular traffic while using a handheld electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.” Additionally, “novice drivers” (younger than 18) may not use any mobile device while behind the wheel. The risks of distracted driving simply are too great, and accidents with distracted drivers in Toledo happen frequently. A car accident lawyer can help injured victims get restitution.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” This includes talking and texting. Recent research has lent credence to this dangerous conclusion.
The University of Utah has determined that talking on a cell phone quadruples the risk of an accident, approximately the same chances of a drunk driver being involved in an accident.
In 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration concluded that the odds of causing a crash are 23 times greater than those who do not text while driving.
And in 2014, according to the NHTSA, more than 3,300 people were killed and more than 375,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents as a result of distracted driving.
Types of Accidents Caused By Distracted Driving
Accidents with distracted drivers in Toledo are much more common today than a few years ago, mainly because of the advances in mobile technology that make text messaging much easier, along with the use of GPS to navigate. The explosion of both of these features, especially with less experienced drivers, can be attributed directly to the increase in distracted driving. They are not the only causes, though. Many others, such as eating and drinking, applying makeup, having an animal in the vehicle, or just conversing with passengers can take a driver’s attention off the road long enough to cause an accident. The types of wrecks resulting from distracted driving can be catastrophic, such as:
- Head-on wrecks
- Rear-end collisions
- Rollover accidents
- T-bone wrecks
Distracted drivers have less reaction time, and their vehicles are going faster when the wreck occurs, thereby making accidents more catastrophic. The result is very serious injuries and even wrongful deaths.
Injuries can vary and depend where the negligent distracted driver hit your vehicle, the speed they were traveling, as well as if other vehicles or stationary objects were also involved. Some common injuries caused by distracted driving include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones or damaged limbs (with possible amputation)
- Internal injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Neck, back and nerve injuries
- Rib injuries
- Wrist injuries
Factors that Determine Your Injury Claim or Case
Because the negligent driver who hit you was distracted and probably was ticketed (and later convicted) for this offense, your injury case is likely a strong one. If the driver broke state texting or other associated laws surrounding mobile device usage behind the wheel, your case likely can be so compelling that the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier could be eager to offer you a settlement.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a fair settlement if you don’t have a skilled car accident lawyer, like those with Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault, representing you. Insurance companies are in the business of taking in premiums and working hard not to pay fair claim amounts. And they know how to wait you out, especially if you and your family need compensation as soon as possible. Often, they offer substandard settlements in hopes you’ll accept a lowball amount to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and wrongful death expenses, even if they know it won’t.
Our car accident law firm has been protecting the compensation rights of injured drivers and their families throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for more than 60 years. Contact us for a free consultation if you have been injured by a distracted driver at 419-843-6663 or fill out our online contact form.