Distracted Driving Accident Attorney in Louisvill
Distracted driving is a major hazard which causes the deaths of thousands each year. Reports from the US Department of Transportation say that more than 3000 individuals are killed as a result of distracted driving accidents, accounting for 9% of all vehicular accident related fatalities.
Tens of thousands of people are also injured as a result of distracted driving accidents every year. If you or someone in your family has been injured at the hands of a distracted driver, you have the right to file a claim or a lawsuit against the driver responsible and seek damages.
At John H. Ruby & Associates, we are committed to helping victims of distracted driving accidents in Kentucky by providing them with the highest possible level of legal representation and guidance, and fighting for their right to be compensated for the losses (economic and non-economic) they suffered.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Driving is an extremely dynamic activity which requires you to be attentive and responsive. If you get distracted and take your eyes off the road – even if it is for a couple of seconds – you risk crashing your vehicle into another person or a vehicle.
Experts say that using a cellphone – to talk to someone, to text someone, or to watch a video – is without a doubt one of the most dangerous things you can do while driving a vehicle. cellphone use is cited as the reason for hundreds fatal motor vehicle accidents each year, resulting in the deaths of 434 people. In the past five years, approximately 14% of all fatal crashes were caused as a result of using a cellphone while driving.
Apart from using a cellphone to text or talk to someone, the most common causes of distracted driving include:
- Eating and drinking
- Chatting with passengers
- Watching a video
- Adjusting the MP3 player, radio, CD player, GPS, or any other control in the vehicle
- Grooming (brushing teeth, shaving, trimming, applying makeup, and so on)
- Searching or reaching for an object under the driver’s seat or in another seat
- Taking your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road to attend to a pet or a child
Data shows that young people are particularly prone to text, talk to someone, or get distracted in various other ways while driving a vehicle. They have a tendency to overestimate their reflexes, reaction time, and driving abilities, as a result of which they mistakenly believe that taking the eyes off the road for a couple of seconds is not a big deal.
Needless to say, this is a big mistake as a few seconds of lapse can put your own life – as well as the lives of others – at risk, especially when you are driving at a high speed. For example, if you are driving at a speed of 55 mph, you can cover the distance of a football field in just five seconds.
In fact, a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) several years ago showed that getting distracted for more than two seconds on the road can increase the risk of a crash or a collision by 100%.
The Dangers of Cognitive Distraction
It is important to note that the term ‘distracted driving’ is not just applicable to visual (eyes off the road) and manual (hands off the wheel) distractions, but also to cognitive (not mentally focused on driving) distractions as well.
For example, many people think that they can drive safely and communicate with someone at the same time using hands-free devices. Experts, however, warn that this is not a good idea. If you are mentally focused on your conversation with someone, you can be distracted – even if you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
The same principle applies to listening to a podcast or an audio book while driving. If you are too focused on what you are listening to, you might get distracted without even realizing it.
In a way, cognitive distractions can be more dangerous than visual or manual distractions. When you use your cellphone or chat with the passengers while driving, you are at least aware of the fact that you are doing something you are not supposed to do. When you, on the other hand, use a hands-free device to talk to someone while driving, you are not even aware that what you are doing is not safe.
If you are hit by a distracted driver, you could suffer serious injuries with long term consequences. Aside from physical and mental suffering, you also have to deal with the cost of treatment and rehabilitation, which can be too much for you to bear, depending on the extent of your injuries.
The distracted driving lawyers at John H. Ruby & Associates can help you meet these expenses by recovering damages from the driver’s insurance provider – either through an out-of-court settlement or trial.
What to Do If You Are Hit by a Distracted Driver?
First and foremost, you should receive medical help and inform the authorities of the accident. Once you do, you should contact a distracted driving accident attorney in Kentucky immediately.
Gathering evidence to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence in a distracted driving accident is more difficult compared to a DUI accident. So, the sooner you contact an attorney, the more time they will have to collect the evidence they need.
Also, you should make sure that the attorney you hire is well-versed with Kentucky’s personal injury laws and has a documented record of recovering substantial amount of damages for their clients.
Legal Help for Distracted Driving Accident Victims in Kentucky
The personal injury attorneys at John H. Ruby & Associates are fully committed to helping the victims of distracted driving accidents in Kentucky. We can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against them on your behalf and make sure that you are fully and fairly compensated for all the economic and non-economic losses you suffered due to the accident.
Call us today at 502-895-2626 or message us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.