If you got hurt in a car accident in Worthington, Ohio, or surrounding areas, because of someone else’s carelessness, a distracted driving accident lawyer serving Worthington at Bressman Law could help you go after the compensation you deserve. If your close relative died because of a distracted driving accident, we might be able to pursue additional money damages for the legal beneficiaries.
You can call us today at (614) 538-1116. The initial consultation is at no charge, and there is no obligation.
Types of Distractions that Can Lead to Collisions
Today’s drivers have more distractions than ever, including built-in “infotainment” systems that deliver music, talk radio, navigation apps, the weather, and traffic information. Mobile devices pose another threat to attentive driving, as many drivers use their cell phones and other gadgets to talk, text, and access apps while behind the wheel.
You might think that the automatic safety technology in some newer vehicles would decrease the risk of accidents, but that is not always the case. When a car has warning systems to alert the driver if he drifts into another lane or needs to brake to avoid a collision, he might feel less of a need to pay attention.
Texting while operating a motor vehicle is illegal under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §4511.204. If we have the evidence to show that the at-fault driver was texting while driving, we might be able to argue that the other driver involved in your accident violated this statute.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that distracted driving kills about nine people and injures more than 1,000 individuals every day. If you look away from the road for only about five seconds while traveling at 55 miles per hour, your car goes the length of a football field. Anything in your path during that 100 yards could get into a collision with you at full speed.
The CDC groups driving distractions in three categories:
- Visual distractions, in which you look away from the road
- Manual distractions, when you remove your hands from the wheel, and
- Cognitive distractions that cause you to think about other things instead of the act of driving.
Talking on a cell phone is dangerous, but texting is even more dangerous than talking. Texting involves all three types of distractions. You look away from the road to read the message, take at least one hand off of the wheel to type a response, and think about things other than driving.
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An Overview of the Distracted Driving Problem in the U.S.
“In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver,” according to the CDC. Eating, talking to passengers, and adjusting the air conditioning or radio are all examples of things that can take your attention away from the road.
It can be challenging to discover and prove the distraction that caused your accident. A distracted driving accident lawyer serving Worthington at Bressman Law can explore whether distractions played a role in your collision. You can call us today at (614) 538-1116 to get started.
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What to Do After a Distracted Driving Accident in Worthington
We assume that you already got medical attention by the time you read this information. If you have not gone to the emergency room, urgent care center, or doctor yet, you should do so as soon as possible. Some injuries do not show detectable symptoms until the patient is in critical condition.
Also, your medical records will be powerful evidence of several aspects of your injury claim. Your file will show the severity and extent of your injuries and link those injuries to the accident. The longer you wait to get medical care, the harder it will be to prove that the collision caused the harm you suffered.
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Preserve the Evidence
At-fault drivers often try to lie their way out of taking responsibility for their careless actions. It can be useful to know the names and contact information of witnesses who can verify that the other driver was talking on a cell phone or turned around to talk to someone in the back seat of the car.
With so many home and business security cameras and video doorbells, there might be some footage that could help to build your case. It is essential to contact those people before they delete the footage from the day of your accident.
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Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer about Your Options
Multi-billion-dollar insurance companies have teams of claims adjusters, investigators, and defense attorneys on their side. Their job is to pay you as little money as possible. The less they pay for your valid claim, the more profit they make. The at-fault driver’s insurer will start gearing up as soon as they learn about the crash. You might not want the insurance company to get too much of a head start.
Ohio gives people very little time to file a lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death. Negotiating with the insurer does not stop the meter from running. The claims adjuster might string you along with delay tactics, pretending to negotiate with you in good faith, but hoping that you end up missing the deadline. If you do miss the deadline, you lose the right to compensation for your losses.
How Much Compensation You Can Get for Your Car Accident Injury Case
There is no flat rate of money damages for car accident injury claims. The amount of compensation you can go after will depend on the facts of your situation.
Some of the kinds of money damages we have won for our car accident clients include:
- Medical expenses to treat your injuries
- Future medical costs because of your accident-related injuries
- Costs to cover rehabilitation care for severe injuries like head trauma
- Lost income, while you could not work because of your injuries
- Diminished earning capacity from accident-caused impairment
- Intangible losses, like pain and suffering and disfigurement
After we talk to you and investigate your case, we can start to calculate the amount of your damages.
How a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Serving Worthington Can Help You
You do not have to battle the careless driver’s insurance company by yourself. At Bressman Law, we help people who get hurt because of the negligence of others. You can call us today at (614) 538-1116 to find out how we can help you go after the compensation you deserve.
We handle car accident injury claims on a contingency-fee-basis. This means you do not pay upfront legal fees. We get paid out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the case. We do not see any payment until we win for you.