Distracted Driving Accidents

Crown Point Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident in Crown Point, IN?

Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured and killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by driver distraction. When a driver’s attention is diverted from the road, they are more likely to make mistakes, such as failing to notice other vehicles, traffic signals, and road hazards. As a result, distracted drivers are far more likely to cause accidents.

At Alvarez Law Offices, our Crown Point distracted driving accident lawyer knows how to hold negligent drivers and other negligent parties accountable. We are here to help you navigate the legal process and maximize your entitled award or settlement.


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What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving refers to any activity that diverts a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. This distraction can significantly impair the driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle and increase the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

There are three main types of distractions while driving:

  • Visual distractions: These involve taking one's eyes off the road. Examples include looking at a mobile phone, adjusting the radio, or turning to talk to passengers.
  • Manual distractions: These involve taking one or both hands off the steering wheel. Examples include texting, eating or drinking, grooming, or reaching for objects inside the vehicle.
  • Cognitive distractions: These involve taking one's mind off the task of driving. Examples include daydreaming, engaging in deep conversation, or being preoccupied with personal or work-related matters.

Types of Distractions

There are many ways that a driver can be distracted from the road. While many people think of texting and driving when they hear the term “distracted driving,” this is far from the only way that a driver can be distracted. In fact, any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road and their primary task of driving is considered a distraction.

Some examples of driver distractions include:

  • Texting and driving
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Using an in-vehicle navigation system
  • Adjusting the radio, climate control, or other in-vehicle systems
  • Interacting with passengers
  • Reaching for an object
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming (e.g. combing your hair, applying makeup, etc.)
  • Smoking
  • Watching a video or playing a game
  • Reading (e.g. a map, a book, etc.)
  • Looking at something outside the vehicle

Any of these activities can take a driver’s attention away from the road and increase the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, drivers often engage in these activities while driving, despite knowing the risks involved. If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Crown Point distracted driving accident attorney is here to help.

Proving Distracted Driving in Crown Point

Indiana’s distracted driving laws are not as comprehensive as those in some other states. However, if you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who was using their phone or otherwise distracted, you may still have grounds to file a personal injury claim.

Some of the ways you may be able to prove distracted driving include:

  • Video evidence: If the accident was caught on a nearby traffic camera or a surveillance camera, it may be possible to obtain video footage that shows the driver using their phone or engaging in other distracting activities.
  • Witness statements: If there were any witnesses to the accident, they may be able to testify that the driver was using their phone, eating, grooming, or otherwise distracted.
  • Phone records: If you believe the other driver was using their phone, it may be possible to obtain their phone records and prove that they were making a call, texting, or using the internet/social media at the time of the crash.
  • Police reports: If the police responded to the scene of the accident, they may have noted that the other driver was distracted. In some cases, they may have even issued a ticket for a related offense, such as texting while driving.

Our Crown Point distracted driving accident attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim. We can also handle all the details of your case so that you can focus on your recovery.

Let Our Firm Fight for You

At Alvarez Law Offices, we know how to take on the insurance company and win. We are skilled litigators and tough negotiators who are not afraid to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. When you choose to work with our firm, you can trust that we will always put your best interests first. Our team is here for you from start to finish and will provide you with compassionate, personalized legal representation inside and outside the courtroom.

Get started on your case today; contact us today at (219) 300-5204 to request a free initial consultation.

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  • Distracted Driving

    Whether it's due to texting, eating, or getting into an argument with a passenger, drivers who are not fully focused on the road greatly increase their risk of causing an accident.

  • Drunk Driving

    Despite rigorous laws and penalties, drunk driving remains a critical problem in Indiana. Alcohol impairs a driver's ability to operate the vehicle safely, often leading to serious, even fatal accidents.

  • Excessive Speeding

    Speeding reduces a driver's control over the vehicle and increases the chances of a collision.

  • Failing to Follow Traffic Laws

    Running red lights or stop signs, turning without signaling, and attempting to pass in no-pass zones are all traffic violations that can cause collisions.

  • Reckless Driving

    This includes a wide range of dangerous behaviors including tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, and aggressive driving. Such irresponsible behavior is often due to impatience, road rage, or lack of regard for traffic laws and safety.

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Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which may be catastrophic and life-changing. Not all injuries may be obvious at first, which is why it is essential to see a medical professional after any auto accident. Our Crown Point car accident attorneys are ready to represent you if you suffered any of the following injuries because of another driver’s negligence:

  • Whiplash
    This soft tissue injury often occurs during rear-end collisions when the sudden motion causes the neck to jerk back and forth forcefully. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and dizziness.
  • Head and Brain Injuries

    These can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, memory loss, and in serious cases, long-term cognitive problems.

  • Broken Bones
    The impact of a collision can easily break bones, especially ribs, arms, legs, and collarbones. These injuries can be extremely painful and may require surgery to repair.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

    These can lead to partial or complete paralysis, depending on the severity and location of the injury. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, and loss of function in certain parts of the body.

  • Burn Injuries
    A collision can cause a vehicle’s fuel tank to rupture and ignite, leading to fire and subsequently, burn injuries. Overheated engines or exhaust systems can also lead to burns if they come in direct contact with the skin during the accident. Electric vehicles pose a unique risk, as their lithium-ion batteries can catch fire upon impact in a collision, again potentially leading to burn injuries.
  • Internal Injuries

    These can be especially dangerous, as they are not always immediately apparent. Damage to organs, blood vessels, or the abdomen can lead to serious complications and requires immediate medical attention.

  • Psychological Injuries
    Car accidents can also lead to psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. These types of injuries are often overlooked but can have a significant impact on a victim's life.



 

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