Durham Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Were You Hit by a Distracted Driver?
If you’ve been in an auto accident in which the other driver was distracted or texting while driving and you were hurt due to negligence, there are a few things to do right away to help protect yourself. Your case may depend on the information that you gather and how quickly you act. With the help of a knowledgeable and compassionate car accident lawyer, you can recover the damages to your vehicle and get the medical coverage you deserve.
What you should do after a car accident:
- At the scene, request driver identification and insurance information and gather all accident information that you can (if injuries permit) such as taking photos of the scene and both vehicles, taking a photo of the other vehicle’s license plates, and asking witnesses for contact information.
- Obtain medical treatment. This should be your first priority, either on scene if needed or directly afterward.
- Request a copy of the police report. This will provide information about the other driver, witnesses, and whether or not the other driver was given a ticket.
- Contact witnesses, which can be done by your injury attorneys’ office, to learn if witnesses saw the other driver texting, looking down at their handheld device or otherwise acting distracted.
- Notify your attorney of any and all injuries.
- Relay information to your insurance provider about the case, including the other driver’s negligence, and keep your own attorney abreast of what information you provide.
What are Types of Distracted Driving in North Carolina?
Negligence laws, and distracted driving laws in particular, vary from state to state. Distracted driving is defined by the NHTSA as "any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system."
Different types of distracted driving include the following:
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Driving while pushing multiple buttons on a handheld device (to text or browse the internet)
- Using any sort of device that requires handheld operation, such as a smart phone or navigation device
- Reading email or messages via a handheld device
Texting and Driving is Negligence
In the case of blatant distraction or texting and driving by drivers, there is an increased risk to others on the roadway. After a distracted driver causes an accident, you deserve to have the protection you need. Our experienced auto accident attorneys at Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A. are here to help ease the stress and burden of dealing with legalities and auto insurance carriers so you can focus on getting better.
Contact our office to speak with a member of our team of Durham car accident attorneys about your accident today.