Texting while driving is a dangerous, yet, unfortunately, common practice on America’s roadways. If you have been hurt in a texting and driving accident, contact Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC in Atlanta or Suwanee today. Our Gwinnett County texting and driving accident attorney can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC?
- We communicate clearly and proactively and will keep you fully up-to-date on the status of your claim, along with providing a full range of services to support you.
- We have been recognized by our peers for our experience and skills with the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 award.
- We are not intimidated by large corporations and will fight on your behalf for fair compensation, even if it means going to trial.
What Makes Texting and Driving So Dangerous?
As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main types of driver distraction:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive – taking your attention off your driving.
Texting while driving involves all three types of distraction, which is what makes it the most alarming form of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sending or reading a text takes the driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds, which, at 55 mph, is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Distracted Driving Statistics
The NHTSA states that 3,166 people were killed by distracted driving in the U.S. in the most recent year for which statistics are available. As reported in a fact sheet published by the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Nearly 20,000 people died in car crashes involving a distracted driver in a recent six-year period.
- 5% of all fatal crashes in the past six years involved a distracted driver.
- 8% of fatalities in teen driving crashes (drivers ages 15 to 19) in a recent year involved a teen who was distracted at the time of the crash.
Who Is Liable?
If a distracted driver caused your accident, that driver may be liable for your injuries, contact a Gwinnett county texting and driving accident lawyer who can help you determine liability. To recover compensation, you will need to show that the driver was negligent. He or she may admit it. There may have been witnesses who saw the at-fault driver texting and driving, or it may be proven through the driver’s cell phone records. When we represent you, our Atlanta car accident lawyers can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine fault and liability, and construct a compelling case based on the facts.
What Damages Can You Claim for a Texting and Driving Accident?
Depending on the nature and severity of your personal injuries and the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to claim economic and non-economic damages, and punitive damages, in some cases. To determine what types of damages you can claim, contact a car accident attorney in Gwinnett County.
- Economic damages are those with an economic basis, such as past and future medical bills, lost earnings, and out-of-pocket expenses.
- Noneconomic damages are losses that are not precisely measurable economically, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, disfigurement, and loss of earning capacity.
- Punitive damages are designed to punish the responsible party for wrongdoing and deter similar actions in the future. To recover punitive damages, you must show that the driver who caused your accident engaged in willful misconduct or exhibited conscious indifference to the consequences of his or her actions.
Get in Touch with Our Personal Injury Firm in Gwinnett County
At Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC, we have a successful track record, recovering millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Call our texting and driving accident attorneys in Gwinnett County right away for experienced and compassionate representation in your car accident claim.