Gillette Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
When it comes to driving a motor vehicle in the state of Wyoming, you always run the risk of being involved in an auto accident. One of the biggest crash risks is when drivers let distractions take their focus off the road, causing them to drive in a negligent and reckless manner.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision because someone else was distracted while driving, there are steps you can take to hold that individual responsible. Here at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we understand how traumatic a car accident can be, and the difficulty of trying to figure out what to do next. Our legal team is on standby to hear about your case. Contact us at (307) 257-7800 to see how we can help you.
Distraction is defined as any activity that can divert a person’s attention away from the chief task of driving in a safe manner. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, most cases of distracted driving fall into one of three categories. These categories are:
- Visual Distractions. Visual distractions happen when a driver takes his eyes off the road. Examples include activities such as checking your GPS or navigation system, glancing at the song on the radio, and searching for lost items on the floor of your vehicle.
- Manual Distractions. Manual distractions cause a driver to take his hands off the wheel. Eating, drinking, smoking, checking your phone, and setting a destination in your vehicle’s in-dash GPS system are all examples of manual distractions.
- Cognitive Distractions. Cognitive distractions take a motorist’s thought process away from safely steering his vehicle. This could include conversations with other passengers, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and even road rage. Stress and fatigue are also significant factors that lead to cognitive distraction.
Distracted drivers are also less likely to respond to dangerous roadways and weather conditions. Many distracted drivers fail to recognize hazards and react too slowly to changing traffic conditions.
When they’re behind the wheel, all motorists have to take steps to ensure safety – both theirs and other people’s. Sadly, many drivers neglect this duty, and when it results in an accident, they try to deny their negligence.
When you are involved in an accident, it can be difficult to prove that the other person drove in a distracted manner. Compelling evidence must be presented to remove doubt from your claim, such as:
- Witnesses who are willing to testify about the distracted driver.
- An admission from the driver in question.
- Surveillance video that documents the accident.
- Cell phone records that show text messages and call logs.
- Police reports that detail cell phone use.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you collect evidence and prove you are eligible for compensation.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we’ve helped our clients navigate the complex landscape of car accident litigation and get the compensation they needed.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a distracted driver, don’t delay. When you reach out to our Gillette accident attorneys, you can be sure that we will take our time to listen to your concerns and provide the necessary legal counsel to help you and your family move on. To find out more about our legal services, please reach out to our firm by calling (307) 257-7800.
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