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Can I Seek Compensation as a Victim of a Distracted Driving Accident?

 Posted on February 09, 2021 in Personal Injury

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Everyone knows that it is dangerous to text and drive. Unfortunately, this does not stop millions of drivers from using their phones while driving. Using a cell phone, tablet, GPS, or other electronic devices behind the wheel is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it takes your hands, eyes, and attention away from driving. If you or a loved one were injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.  

Study Shows that Distracted Driving Is On the Rise

A study conducted by Zendrive shows that distracted driving is a much greater problem than previously realized. It is also a problem that is increasing in severity. According to the data compiled, individuals use their cell phones while driving an average of 88 out of 100 trips. Distracted driving often involves cell phones and other portable electronic devices; however, non-device distractions can be just as dangerous. Eating, drinking, grooming, and other activities may lead to severe and even deadly distracted driving accidents.

What You Must Prove to Win Your Distracted Driving Injury Claim

A personal injury claim may allow you to hold the distracted driver accountable for your accident and recover financial compensation for your damages. You could be compensated for your vehicle damage, lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

Using a cell phone behind the wheel is against the law in Illinois. If the distracted driver is caught using his or her phone and issued a citation, this can be an important asset during your personal injury claim. However, proof of distracted driving is not absolutely necessary for a successful personal injury claim. To successfully recover financial compensation through a personal injury claim, you must prove that:

  • The driver acted “negligently” meaning that he or she drove in a way that placed others in danger.

  • Your injuries were caused by the driver’s negligence.

  • You suffered damages as a result of your injuries.

Often, the most important element in a personal injury claim is establishing the at-fault party’s negligence. A personal injury attorney may use evidence such as dash camera footage, red-light camera footage, data from event data recorders, and eyewitness statements to demonstrate the driver’s negligence.

Contact a Milwaukee County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. To learn more or for help building your claim, contact a talented Jefferson County car accident attorney from Bucher Law Group, LLC. Schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling us at 262-303-4916 today.





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