The cost of distracted driving

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2017 | Car Accidents |

You let your girlfriend drive your new car. You knew she was a good driver, but you had a bad feeling about it nonetheless.

When the other driver swerved into your lane on the highway, pushing you off the highway, your car flipped over. The driver to this day cannot explain why he did that, but the police report shows that he had sent text message just moments before the accident.

We know all too well that collisions between cars can be deadly events when both drivers are paying attention. When you add a cell phone into the mix the driver is giving their visual, cognitive and manual attention from the primary task of driving.

This may be why, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that in 2014 as many as 431,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. And, according to that same research, 3,179 lives were claimed.

Fortunately, both you, and your girlfriend, survived your accident. However, you did not escape unscathed. Here are some ways in which you it cost you, and reasons you might consider pursuing damages:

1. You, or your girlfriend, might be physically injured in the accident.

2. You might have medical bills piling up due to the accident that you can’t pay.

3. You may have suffered traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage with long lasting effects.

4. You may have had to have an arm or a leg amputated.

5. You might have suffered greatly, either mentally, emotionally, or physically due to the accident.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a serious accident involving a distracted diver, you know traumatic, and even tragic it can be. It also can be costly. If you feel that you may want to pursue damages to pay for the recovery, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about your particular legal issue.