If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you may have the right to hold the driver and insurance company responsible for damages. If the at-fault driver was behind the wheel of a bus, semi truck, or other commercial vehicle, a trucking or bus company may also be held responsible.
Can I Sue a Distracted Driver After a Crash?
Yes, you can sue and file a lawsuit against a distracted driver. To win your case, your lawyers will need to prove that the driver was both distracted at the time of the accident and that they caused the collision. To prove that the other driver was distracted and at-fault, our lawyers independently investigate crashes and hire top accident reconstruction specialists.
Building Strong Cases
A strong independent investigation is often the key to building a strong and winning case. Our attorneys know the importance of these investigations and have won cases where the initial police reports incorrectly stated that our clients had been at fault.
Understanding Long-Term Effects of Accident Injuries
When our lawyers build cases, they review medical records, determine lost income, and interview clients and their families to understand the effects of the injuries on daily life. We then hire the best medical experts to testify in court regarding the seriousness of your injuries, physical pain, emotional suffering, past and possible future medical expenses, and other issues.
Holding Employers Responsible
When a car accident involves a truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle, a driver’s employer may also bear responsibility for the crash. These cases are often much more complex than ones only involving passenger vehicles. Our truck accident litigation team has won millions for clients involved in truck crashes. In some cases, we have found that a trucking company allowed a driver to be on the road an unsafe number of hours, or that it did not respond to obvious signs of driver instability. It is important to hold these companies responsible for their negligence and for putting profit over safety.
Distracted Driving Statistics
The following statistics are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admininistration (NHTSA):
- Driver distraction is involved in about 20% of all fatal crashes.
- The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is the under-20 age group.
- An estimated 21 percent of injury crashes involve distracted driving.
- Nearly 6,000 people died each year in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver.
- More than half a million people were injured in these accidents.