Distracted Driving is no joke, and everyone knows this. So, why is it that so many insist on taking the risk of texting and driving? My theory is simple, “no one believes it will happen them”. Then it does happen. The point I am making here is nobody is immune from being human and humans all make mistakes. Whether its texting and driving, talking on the phone or arguing with a passenger or loved one, becoming distracted while driving at the wrong time can be deadly! In fact, in 2017, over 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving. This is an epidemic!
Please do everything you can to avoid becoming distracted while driving. The life you save, may be your own. And, if you are a victim of a distracted driver, the lawyers at our North Mississippi law firm are here to help in your recovery to make things easier for you and your family. There is never a fee unless we collect and we advance all expenses on our client’s behalf.
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What is Distracted Driving?
There are numerous things we consider distracted driving. Each of the following are just some of the examples we have heard in our personal injury law practice.
- Talking on the phone
- Operating media devices
- Drinking and driving
- Drugging and driving
What Counts as “Distracted Driving” in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, you can also get into trouble for texting and driving. The fine for texting and driving is $100.00 which is up from $25.00 just back in 2015. But this is nothing compared to what will happen to you if you cause an accident while texting and driving or operating a vehicle while distracted. The case against distracted drivers can be much more punitive if you are proven to have been texting or using social media while driving. This makes juries mad! The law also prohibits people from surfing social networks while driving, as it should of course. And, believe it or not, there have been some well-publicized accidents where people were actually posting things on social media just before tragedy struck and they caused a deadly accident. This Detroit Free Press article is the latest example I could find concerning a person using social media while driving and causing a terrible accident. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/04/08/sheriff-driver-using-social-media-during-fatal-crash/3404603002/
Here are some statistics from AT&T about use of social media while driving as well http://about.att.com/story/smartphone_use_while_driving_grows_beyond_texting.html
If you are lucky enough to survive distracted driving, just remember, one day your number could be up and tragedy could strike. This is a huge risk to take! Please be safe!
Common Injuries in Distracted Driving Accidents
The most common type of accidents we see that are related to this type of behavior are as follows:
- Rear end accidents – Distracted drivers don’t see traffic stopping ahead.
- Roll over accidents – Because of over correcting after veering out of the correct lane of traffic or running off the road.
- Running stop lights and stop signs – Because the drive is DISTRACTED – Not Paying attention!
How Can You Prove Distracted Driving?
Proving someone was texting and driving can be done but victims or their surviving family need to act very quickly after a wreck to try and preserve the electronic evidence, or it can be lost. A personal injury lawyer can help with this by filing a lawsuit and issuing a subpoena for the records when necessary. A lawyer can also send what is called a “preservation letter” which puts the cell phone company and the distracted driver on notice that they should not destroy the evidence. Evidence destruction can be very damning in a lawsuit and can make a jury angrier. Some cell phone companies have what are called “document retention” policies that are spelled out in the contract, but they do not last forever. This means some cell phone companies destroy electronic data after a certain period of time, so it is important to request this information be preserved as early as possible.
Eyewitness testimony is also a way to develop your evidence of distracted driving. This is another place where a lawyer can help you quickly identify important witnesses after a crash. These people tend to disappear or become uncomfortable with cooperating after the passage of time, so act quickly to get us involved in your case so the evidence does not get away.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Distracted Driving Car Accident Lawyer?
- No Fee Unless We Win
- No Upfront Costs
- We Get Paid When You Get Paid
Benefits of Hiring Roberts Wilson to Handle my Distracted Driving Car Accident Case
At Roberts Wilson, P.A., we pride ourselves on being “real” and when you hire us, you get the “Real Deal.” We live and work right here in North Mississippi and we know what it is like to be hurt, to deal with the insurance company, and we know what it’s like to worry about the bills. We are not a massive law firm with offices all over the country and we do not want to be. We are “real lawyers for real people” representing injured people in our North Mississippi community, where we live and work!
If you have been hurt in an accident, whether it involved a distracted driver or not, we want to hear from you. Call my law office and get the “Real Deal” – Real Lawyers for Real People in North Mississippi. Call 662-533-9111 today to get your case started.