Hurt by a Distracted Driver in Washington, DC? Get a Car Accident Lawyer
A car crash attorney can help you recover damages for your injuries
Distracted driving car accidents cause thousands of injuries and fatalities in Washington, DC and all across the nation. The Mike Slocumb Law Firm understands the different ways drivers can become distracted, cause a crash, and hurt someone else, and that's why our attorneys are able to build such strong cases for drivers seeking compensation.
Drivers who use their cellphones are the most at risk to have a collision, but there are other distractions that lure people's attention away from the road. A car accident on the side of the road. Your passengers. Your children. A cup of coffee. Your GPS device. These are all things that can steal your attention away from the road and increase your odds of having a collision. Teens and adults alike casually admit to texting and driving and doing other activities that distract them while they drive, but when people get hurt or killed because of a distracted driver, our Washington, DC car accident lawyers take it seriously. If you were injured or a family member was killed in a distracted driving accident, you may be able to obtain compensation. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.
"What's considered distracted driving?" ─ Our attorneys explain
Anything that takes your attention away from the road, even if just for a few seconds, is considered a distraction. Things that cause you to take your eyes off the road, take your hands off the steering wheel, or become lost in thought are all dangerous distractions that boost your chances of getting into a car crash. Most people understand that using their phone isn't a good idea when they're driving, but other types of distractions people should consider avoiding include:
- Eating or drinking: You need to take your hands off the wheel to grab your cup of coffee or bite into your breakfast sandwich, but your hands should always remain safely on the steering wheel so you can be in complete control of your car. Spilling your beverage or dropping pieces of your food can be even more distracting, so you're better off just waiting to eat or drink when you're not behind the wheel.
- Passengers: Whether kids are acting up in the back seat or the person sitting next to you asks you a question, other occupants in your car can be a major distraction and cause you to lose focus. Always make sure to keep your eyes on the road when someone is talking to you, explain to them that you need to keep focused on the road, and if you have to stop somewhere to get unruly children to calm down, it's a good idea to do so. Making sure children already have food, drinks, and something to keep them busy might help make them less disruptive during your next trip.
- Things outside the car: Any person or thing outside your car can become a distraction if you take your eyes off the road to look at it. Commonly referred to as "rubbernecking," things like car accidents, pedestrians, advertisements, and other drivers being pulled over by police can be tempting to look at. If you want to avoid a collision, always keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to your driving.
- Personal grooming: Doing your hair, applying makeup, brushing or flossing your teeth, adjusting your clothing, shaving ─ these are all things you should do before you take to the road if you want to prevent a distracted driving crash.
- Other electronics: Adjusting your radio, looking at directions on a GPS device, reading a tablet ─ smartphones aren't the only piece of technology that distracts drivers. If you need to queue up your favorite playlist or program your navigation system, your best option is to do that before you begin driving. If that's not an option, you can always pull over somewhere safe until you're ready to give your undivided attention back to the road.
- Daydreaming: When your mind wanders it's a cognitive distraction, and the likelihood that you will cause a car crash grows. While it may be difficult to identify when you're zoning out, try to be mindful of when you're losing focus so you can get back to concentrating on your driving right away.
Contact our car accident lawyers after your distracted driving crash
If you've been injured in a collision that was caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, treatment, damage to your car, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Proving someone was distracted when your crash occurred can be very difficult, and that's why an experienced Washington, DC car accident lawyer who knows how to gather critical evidence can be so valuable. Fight back with the help of the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Call today for a free consultation.