Distracted Driving Accidents

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Carmel Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

Fighting for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents in Hamilton County

Driving is a complex task. It takes focus, attention, and quick reflexes to safely operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, many drivers today choose to multitask when driving, which is a dangerous and entirely preventable action. When drivers choose to not pay attention to the road, they are essentially making the choice to endanger everyone around them.

At The Cline Law Firm, we know that the consequences of distracted driving accidents can be devastating. Our Carmel distracted driving accident attorneys know how to investigate these accidents and hold negligent drivers accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, you deserve to be compensated for all of your damages.

Our team is dedicated to helping victims of distracted driving accidents. Contact us today at (317) 526-4467 for a consultation. Our Carmel distracted driving accident attorneys are ready to fight for you.

What Is Considered "Distracted Driving"?

Indiana defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts attention from driving, thereby posing a risk to the driver, passengers, and others on the road. Distracted driving includes various activities that take a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. These activities can be visual, manual, or cognitive distractions.

Common examples of distracted driving activities in Indiana, as in many other states, include:

  • Texting and Driving: Writing, sending, or reading text messages while driving is a primary example of distracted driving. This is considered particularly dangerous as it involves visual, manual, and cognitive distractions simultaneously.

  • Talking on the Phone: Holding a phone to talk while driving can be a significant distraction. In Indiana, there are restrictions on cellphone use for certain drivers, such as those under the age of 21 and bus drivers.

  • Using GPS: Inputting destinations or adjusting GPS settings while driving can divert attention from the road.

  • Eating and Drinking: Consuming food or beverages while driving can lead to manual and cognitive distractions.

  • Adjusting the Radio or Controls: Tuning the radio, changing music, or adjusting other controls in the vehicle can divert a driver's attention.

  • Talking to People in the Vehicle: Engaging in conversations with passengers, especially if they are causing distraction, can contribute to unsafe driving.

Indiana has laws regulating the use of mobile phones while driving, and texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers. It is crucial for drivers to be aware of and comply with these laws to enhance road safety.

What Are the Consequences of a Distracted Driving Accident?

Distracted driving accidents can have serious consequences, affecting not only the individuals involved but also their families and communities. The outcomes of a distracted driving accident can vary, and they may include:

  • Personal Injuries: Distracted driving can lead to various types of injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe and life-threatening injuries. Common injuries include whiplash, fractures, head injuries, and more.

  • Fatalities: In the most tragic cases, distracted driving accidents can result in fatalities. Lives can be lost due to the negligence of a distracted driver, leaving families devastated.

  • Property Damage: Vehicle collisions can cause significant damage to property, including vehicles involved in the accident and surrounding structures or infrastructure.

  • Emotional and Psychological Impact: Those who survive a distracted driving accident may suffer from emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Witnessing or being involved in a severe accident can have long-lasting psychological effects.

  • Financial Burden: The financial consequences of a distracted driving accident can be substantial. Medical expenses, property repair or replacement costs, and potential legal fees can place a heavy burden on those involved.

  • Impact on Quality of Life: Survivors of serious accidents may experience a diminished quality of life due to disabilities or chronic pain resulting from injuries sustained in the crash.

  • Community Impact: Distracted driving accidents can impact entire communities. Emergency responders, healthcare facilities, and law enforcement agencies are strained, and road closures or disruptions can affect traffic and public services.

  • Loss of Employment: Individuals involved in severe accidents may face challenges returning to work or maintaining employment due to physical or psychological impairments.

The Cline Law Firm is here to help. We know how to investigate these accidents and build a strong case. If a driver is found to be at fault for causing an accident, our team can fight to recover compensation for our clients.

Victims of distracted driving accidents can suffer a wide range of injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage

When a driver is distracted and causes an accident, they can be held liable for damages. In many cases, however, the driver's insurance company will try to deny the claim, claiming that the accident was not caused by distracted driving.

Why Choose The Cline Law Firm?

Our team of experienced distracted driving accident lawyers at The Cline Law Firm is skilled in investigating these incidents and ensuring that negligent drivers are held responsible. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, you deserve full compensation for all the damages incurred. We are committed to assisting victims of distracted driving accidents and have the expertise to vigorously fight for our clients' rights and interests.

If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact us today at (317) 526-4467

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