Distracted drivers are a continuous source of fear and danger in Anchorage and across Alaska. From local travelers talking or texting on their phones to tourists utilizing GPS while driving, distracted drivers can be found anywhere, and are a constant hazard to themselves and everyone they encounter. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver in Anchorage, contact an Anchorage personal injury lawyer today.
The problem of distracted drivers has become a large issue in recent years. According to information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hundreds of thousands of distracted driving accidents occur each and every year in the United States. On average, each day, approximately 9 to 10 people lose their lives due to these negligent accidents. Every single one of these crashes can be avoided, and those who choose to allow themselves to become distracted while behind the wheel should be held responsible for their negligent actions.
Due to the obvious dangers of distracted driving, drivers who become distracted while operating motor vehicles should be held liable on grounds of negligence. The negligence law dictates most kinds of Alaska personal injury claims, including Alaska car accident injury claims. Driving while distracted can be considered an act of negligence due to the fact that it totally interferes with the driver’s attention to the roadway and surroundings. It also interferes with the driver’s ability to swiftly react to potentially life-threatening situations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains that distracted driving leads to three forms of impairment:
- Manual: Utilizing handheld technological devices like cell phones, eating, utilizing GPS, are all examples of manual impairment brought on by distraction.
- Visual: Reading texts, dialing numbers, looking at maps, and scrolling through social media feeds are all examples of visual distraction and/or impairment.
- Cognitive: When a driver’s mind is on a current conversation or event, their mind is not focused on the task at hand.
Proving Driver Distraction in a Personal Injury Case
Oftentimes, the greatest evidence showing that the driver who hit you was distracted is the driver’s own statements made online or in person. Most of us are aware that distracted driving is a horrible idea, and will profusely apologize for causing a collision due to texting, talking on the phone, or another form of distraction. If the opposing driver admits to you or the police that they indeed were distracted during the crash, you may be able to use their own statements to prove your case.
In addition, you may come across evidence that a driver was distracted during your crash online. Perhaps the driver was in the middle of making a post on social media at the time of your wreck. The post will be time-stamped, which could hold up in court as valid evidence of distraction. The driver may post about the crash after the fact, and you may be able to use his/her statements made in the post as additional evidence upholding your case and your right toward financial compensation.
It may be a possibility to subpoena the opposing driver’s phone records as evidence of distraction in your personal injury case. This could prove that they were on the phone during your accident, which would be a valid form of proof of driver distraction. Simply asking for a subpoena may move the driver to admit their wrongdoing.
Testimony by a Witness
Someone who saw your crash may have noticed the other driver looking down at their phone just before the accident occurred. This would be a valid form of proof submittable in court, especially if you saw the same thing.
Recovering Full and Fair Financial Compensation After a Distracted Driving Accident
If you or a loved one of yours has recently been injured by a distracted driver, you possess the right toward financial compensation for your injuries and incurred losses. The losses that result from a distracted driving incident can be detrimental and catastrophic. On top of future and current medical costs, those injured in accidents often experience a substantial loss of income, serious pain and suffering, and other monetary and non-monetary damages and losses.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to contact an Anchorage personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. The Law Office of Jason Skala has been successfully preserving the rights of injured accident victims and their families for many years and works diligently in order to provide innocent crash victims with justice and deserved financial compensation. Contact our law firm today at +1-907-569-6633 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until you do! Call us today.