Distracted Driving Accidents
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Distracted driving has long been a problem on public roads and highways,
but the advent of new technology is fueling what safety officials from
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have dubbed
a nationwide epidemic. In fact, distraction is believed to be one of primary
driving forces behind significant increases in traffic accidents, injuries,
and deaths on American roads.
Although distracted driving may be common, it should never be tolerated.
This is because it is an inherently dangerous, negligent, and at times
unlawful act that puts others at serious risk of suffering preventable
harm. If you or someone you love were recently injured in a car accident
caused by a motorist who was distracted at the time, it is important to
know that you have rights.
Our Fargo car accident lawyers at Marquard & Associates are devoted
to protecting the rights of seriously injured victims and their families.
Over the years, we have successfully handled hundreds of personal injury
cases, including all types of
auto wrecks involving distracted drivers. By leveraging more than 30 years of combined
experience, our legal team fights to hold distracted motorists accountable
for their negligence and liable for the injuries and damages they cause.
Wish to discuss a potential case? Call (888) 288-4756 for a FREE consultation.
What is Distracted Driving
Distracted driving occurs when drivers engage in any behavior or action
other than safely operating their motor vehicle, and it can take many forms:
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting music
- Cell phone use
- Reading or using navigation
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
While distraction is hazardous in any form when it takes place behind the
wheel of a motor vehicle, experts resoundingly agree that cell phone use
and text messaging are the most dangerous. This is because using a cell
phone, placing a call, or reading / composing a text commands multiple
forms of a driver’s attention at once (visual, mental, and manual).
This substantially increases risks of car accidents.
Because cell phone use and text messaging is so dangerous, most states
throughout the country have passed laws prohibiting such conduct. The
same is true in North Dakota. Under state law, drivers of all ages are
prohibited from texting behind the wheel. Cell phone use is also banned
for novice drivers under the age of 18.
Distracted Driving = Negligence
There’s no other way around it – distracted driving is negligent.
As motorists, we have a legal duty to operate our motor vehicles safely.
Engaging in risky multi-tasking and failing to make driving the primary
task when behind the wheel is a failure to uphold this duty. Fortunately,
victims injured in distracted driving wrecks have the right to pursue
financial compensation for their losses by initiating
personal injury cases. Families who have lost loved ones in tragic wrecks caused by distracted
motorists also have a right to seek a recovery of damages through
wrongful death claims.
By working to prove that a motorists was distracted at the time of a wreck
and that they failed to uphold their legal duty, our attorneys fight for
the compensation our clients deserve. This compensation may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost work income and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional injuries
- Impairment or disability
- Loss of quality of life or loss of companionship
Our legal team knows that unpredictable wrecks can disrupt the lives of
victims and their families, which is why we work zealously to illustrate
the full scope of an accident’s impact on our clients – including
their physical, financial, and emotional toll. In every case, our goal
is to secure the maximum compensation possible.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
Because the steps you take after a preventable car wreck can impact your
health and your legal right to compensation, it is essential that you
take the rights ones. Our attorneys at Marquard & Associates can help
you do just that when you reach out to our legal team as soon as possible
after your accident. From helping you find the medical support you need
to advocating on your behalf with insurance companies that want to pay
as little as possible, our legal team provides comprehensive support and
representation throughout the entirety of your case. We also focus on
personalized attention, and make ourselves readily available to client
questions and concerns.
To learn more about your rights and what our firm can do to help,
contact us for a FREE consultation. Because we work on contingency fees, there are
no charges associated with hiring our firm, and no fee unless we make
a successful recovery in your case.