Distracted drivers are the cause of more accidents than ever across the Nation, and the Denver highways are no exception. For example, since the beginning of 2016, 318 lives were lost on Denver highways, and distracted drivers caused many of those reported accidents. The Colorado Department of Transportation reported a 16 percent increase in distracted driver crashes over the past four years.
Distractions while we’re driving come from a variety of sources, such as passengers, scenery, searching for something, and the biggest culprit today, cellphones. Anything that distracts the driver can cause an accident. It only takes one time of being distracted to cause a minor or severe accident.
Police officers work to keep roadways safe by decreasing the number of distracted drivers, but it’s impossible to catch everyone. Those drivers who are chronically distracted by their cellphone calls, text messages, emails, and looking up directions, and more are considered dangerous drivers. While cellphone use can be made safer by calls being routed through Bluetooth devices, the driver can still be distracted and may not hear what is going on around them.
How This Affects You
Because the numbers of accidents are on the rise due to the increased number of distracted drivers, this increases the chances of you being involved in a distracted driving accident. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and the driver mentions something that would cause you to believe they were distracted at the time, be sure this information is noted in the police report. Not all officers writing an accident report make note of a distraction to the driver, so it’s a good idea to double check the report.
If you believe the driver was distracted, it’s important that you consult with an attorney experienced in personal injury. The attorney will be able to request records that can show if the driver was on their cell phone at the time of the accident. An attorney will also be able to help you make any necessary claims against the driver to cover the expenses for any medical care you needed and the repairs to your vehicle.
No one wants to fight with someone else’s insurance company or try to navigate through the red tape to collect any compensation due following an accident. Contact an attorney experienced in personal injury to help you. It will be well worth your time.