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This is the age of distracted driving. Smartphone apps and games, texting, social media, in-vehicle computer systems, endless music and radio options, and even old-fashioned daydreaming can all cause catastrophic distracted driving accidents that leave serious injuries and even deaths in their wake.
Even one crash caused by such negligence is too much, but this is an enormous problem all over Michigan. In 2017, Michigan State Police reported that more 20,000 crashes and 72 deaths in our state could be attributed to distracted driving.
It is clear that we have a huge problem with distracted driving that leaves countless Detroit residents injured or killed every single year. While there are some minor criminal penalties for texting and driving and similar offenses, these rules do almost nothing to help the victims of distracted driving crashes. But Michigan law already has in place a way for victims to recover compensation for their injuries and other harms they have suffered as a result of their accident.
For help seeking compensation after a distracted driving crash, reach out to a Detroit distracted driving accident lawyer with Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC. Call us today at (313) 462-7979 or use our online contact form.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Any driver who engages in an activity other than driving while behind the wheel is committing distracted driving. With potential distractions built into our phones and other portable devices, there is no shortage of ways for a motorist to be distracted and cause an accident. People of all ages are involved in distracted driving accidents in Michigan, but teens are very often involved in these kinds of crashes. Teen distracted driving is one of the top causes of distracted driving accidents.
Causes of Distracted Driving
Anything that takes a driver’s mind and attention off the road could be a distraction, but there are some common distractions that are highly likely to end in serious car accidents:
- Talking on the phone
- Adjusting music or air conditioning
- Fiddling with GPS apps or systems
- Applying makeup or shaving
- Eating or drinking
- Having an animated conversation or argument with a passenger
- Dealing with pets or children
Avoiding Distracted Driving Accidents
To limit your risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident, the most important step to take is to make sure you are completely focused on driving at all times.
This will reduce your risk of causing a distracted driving wreck, but what about the thousands of other drivers who do not take your safety as seriously as you do? Being focused on driving can help you spot drivers who might be distracted, too. If a car is drifting between lanes or you see someone looking at their phone while driving, for example, take steps to avoid that vehicle.
Recovering Compensation After a Distracted Driving Crash
Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are as a driver, you cannot always avoid a crash caused by a distracted driver. The good news is that Michigan personal injury law allows victims of other people’s negligence to recover compensation from the at-fault party. You will also have the option of seeking compensation through your no-fault insurance provider.
Depending on the details of your unique situation, your lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for the following harms common in Michigan distracted driving car accidents:
- Damage to your vehicle
- Your current medical bills
- Your future medical bills related to your injuries
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Lost future income due to an inability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
How Can a Detroit Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Help?
You may be able to seek compensation after an accident caused by distracted driving through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. In either scenario, an experienced distracted driving accident attorney in Detroit can help you make sure you are maximizing the value of your claim or settlement. We do this by gathering evidence, calculating the value of every conceivable way in which the accident harmed you, and negotiating with insurers and at-fault parties.
When you are dealing with insurance companies—even your own—anything you say can be used against you. Insurers expertly manipulate accident victims into saying things that could make it seem like they do not deserve as much compensation as they are requesting.
When you partner with a respected auto accident attorney who has handled countless distracted driving accident claims, you get a legal guide who will make sure you do not fall into the traps the insurers or opposing attorneys will set for you. We will stand up as your fearless and aggressive ally from the day you decide to work with us until the day you recover the full compensation you deserve.
Reach Out to Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC Today
Distracted driving laws and accident claims can quickly become too complicated to handle when you are trying to recover from serious injuries. But this is not something you can simply set aside and come back to later. To recover full compensation for an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have to act fast and avoid making legal mistakes.
That may sound daunting, but it does not have to be. A qualified and experienced Detroit distracted driving lawyer from Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC can handle all the hard parts for you while you recover. That way, you know you are getting the best shot at maximum compensation, and you do not have to worry that you have made a small legal error that could cost you everything.