Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Claims & Lawsuits

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According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), distracted driving is a “dangerous epidemic” in the United States. There are three categories of driver distraction:

  • Visual
  • Manual
  • Cognitive

Distractions are not limited to one type. For instance, talking on the phone can be manually and cognitively distracting, while using a hands-free device only distracts the mind. Some distractions – like texting – are visually, manually, and cognitively disruptive.

What qualifies as “distracted driving?”

Any behind-the-wheel activity that inhibits your ability to operate a car constitutes distracted driving. Common driver distractions include:

  • Cellphones
  • GPS devices
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Grooming (applying makeup, etc.)
  • Conversations
  • Adjusting the radio

Texting While Driving

In 2011, more than 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving auto accidents. The NHTSA reports that drivers are 23 times more likely to cause a car accident while texting. Research also suggests that, at any given moment during the day, 660,000 people are using electronic devices or cellphones while driving.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C., our Virginia car accident lawyers believe that distracted drivers are responsible for the injuries that they cause. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because another driver was texting behind the wheel, our team can help you recover compensation for medical bills and other damages.

Compensation for Victims of Distracted Driving

Was your car accident caused by a distracted driver? The Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers at our firm can help you file a successful claim or lawsuit to recover the compensation you need and deserve. With more than 90 combined years of experience, we are confident in our ability to negotiate your case. We are here to help, so contact us online or call our office today to learn more about your legal options with our team.

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