Tucson Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Distracted driving has quickly become one of the most dangerous actions a driver can take on the roads around Tucson. Whether it is talking on a phone, arguing with a passenger, or eating food, distracted driving can result in a driver losing control of his or her vehicle and causing serious collisions. Following such a devastating accident, it is important to talk about your injuries with an experienced Tucson distracted driving accident attorney to learn how you can receive compensation.
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, contact The Husband & Wife Law Team. We have long stood by car accident victims and fought to get them the highest possible awards in personal injury claims. We will handle every aspect of your accident claim so that you can focus on recovering. To speak to our attorneys in a free consultation, call us at (520) 624-4228.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from operating the vehicle. It happens when drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, and their minds off driving. Texting is a particularly alarming form of driver distraction because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention. It takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds to read or send a text. When a vehicle is traveling at 55 mph, that is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Distracted driving greatly increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and death.
Every day in the U.S., approximately eight people die in traffic accidents involving distracted drivers, as reported by CDC. Driver distraction kills approximately 3,000 people a year, and one out of five of those fatalities are not motor vehicle occupants. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, distracted driving injured 400,000 people.
Many states have taken steps to help prevent distracted driving. Some have banned texting and driving, while others have banned hand-held cell phone use while driving. In Arizona, it is against the law to talk or text on a cell phone while driving or use a stand-alone electronic device (tablet, gaming device, etc.) unless the device is in hands-free mode. The following actions are prohibited, while driving, as stated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety:
- Holding or supporting a device in your hands, perched on your shoulder, or with any part of your body
- Sending, reading, or writing messages through a portable communication device
- Recording or watching videos
- Scrolling through social media
- Using any device that requires use of the body and causes a distraction
Although it can lead to any type of collision, the following are frequently associated with distracted driving:
- Rear-end collisions: This type of accident occurs when a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front. Rear-end accidents can range from minor to serious or fatal, depending on the speed of impact and other factors. They can cause whiplash, head injuries, spinal injuries, facial injuries, and injuries to the lower extremities.
- T-bone accidents: Distracted drivers are more likely to be involved in side-impact collisions. This type of accident occurs when a vehicle hits another vehicle perpendicularly, in the side. T-bone accidents happen frequently at intersections when distracted drivers fail to yield when turning or run red lights or stop signs. Head, neck, back, pelvic, abdominal, and chest injuries are common in side-impact collisions.
- Head-on collisions: Driver distraction can result in head-on collisions, in which two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide head-on. Someone texting while driving could veer into oncoming traffic. Other types of driver distraction, such as checking maps or GPS, can also lead to head-on accidents.
Your best chance of recovering full and fair compensation after a serious distracted driving accident is to have an experienced attorney by your side. Insurance companies are in business for profit and will not help you recover the amount you deserve. Our Tucson car accident lawyers can investigate your accident, obtain evidence of liability, assess the full extent of your losses, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
The Husband & Wife Law Team has a 10/10 client satisfaction rating and has been named among the Top Valley Lawyers in North Valley Magazine. If you bring your case to us, we will use all of our expertise to fight to get you proper compensation for your injuries. Call us at (520) 624-4228 to schedule a consultation and get started on your Tucson personal injury claim.
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