Augusta Distracted Driving Attorneys
A distracted driver places you and everyone in your vehicle at risk of a serious accident. These individuals are acting recklessly, and they demonstrate a complete disregard for your safety. If a distracted driver hurt you or a loved one, you have the right to demand significant compensation for your injuries.
A car accident involving a distracted driver can cause you to experience unimaginable pain, life-long injuries, and extensive financial hardship. In the worst cases, an accident with a distracted driver may even be fatal.
The Georgia Department of Transportation reported 25,215 car accidents caused by distracted driving in 2016. This staggering number demonstrates the serious consequences of driving while distracted.
Although drivers may become distracted for many different reasons, the use of smartphones has caused a dramatic increase in distracted driving accidents. Someone who is talking on their phone is four times more likely to be involved in a serious car accident, and a driver who is texting is 23% more likely to be involved in a crash. Every driver has the responsibility to drive safely and avoid distractions as much as possible, but some people do not take this problem seriously.
If a distracted driver caused your car accident, you should never have to pay the bill for your physical injuries or damage to your personal property. That is why you need the help of a skilled distracted driving attorney from Chris Hudson & Associates to help you win the financial compensation you need. You cannot afford to wait any longer for your compensation, so contact Chris Hudson & Associates at 706-863-6600 right now.
Why You Need a Lawyer
After going through the trauma of a serious car accident, starting a claim or lawsuit against the driver who hurt you may feel impossible. You may feel like you do not have the time or the knowledge to build a strong legal case. Even if you know that a lawsuit is the next step you want to take, you may not be sure how to start the process or what a lawsuit will entail. To ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve after a distracted driving accident, you need to work with a skilled attorney, who will help you win your case.
Your attorney is prepared to answer each of your questions and guide you through every step of this legal process. They will spend their time gathering the evidence you need, building your argument, and mediating calls with insurance agents and the other driver involved. Your attorney will work hard to make sure that you have all of the support you need during this difficult time. When you work with an attorney, you can focus your time and energy on your recovery, while feeling confident in the progress you are making towards receiving compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Chris Hudson & Associates
The attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates have years of experience helping our clients receive fair compensation after a serious car accident. We are ready to put our skills to work for you, using innovative legal strategies to build a strong case on your behalf. Chris Hudson & Associates understands that this is an emotional and often frustrating time for you and your loved ones, so in addition to high-quality legal services, you can expect compassion and respect from every member of our team.
A distracted driver has changed your life completely, and Chris Hudson & Associates is ready to make sure that they pay for the consequences of their actions. The attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates will fight hard for your right to receive substantial compensation, so you can get back to your normal life after this devastating accident.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs when something pulls the driver’s attention away from the road. Distractions can include people or items in the car as well as signs, buildings, or unexpected events outside of the vehicle. Any time someone drives without paying complete attention to the road, they place themselves and everyone around them at risk. This is especially true when a vehicle is moving at high speeds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 miles per hour, you will drive the length of a football field without looking where you are going. Driving conditions can change in an instant, and if a driver does not look at the road for even five seconds, the results can be disastrous.
Additionally, distracted drivers may be unable to make rapid judgments about changing road conditions, or they may not see that traffic has changed at all. When all of these dangerous circumstances align, a distracted driver can cause a serious or even fatal accident.
People who drive distracted pose a threat to every other driver on the road, and they need to take responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately, one of these reckless drivers has hurt you or a loved one while they were distracted, but you have the right to fight back against this driver and demand compensation for the pain they caused.
Types of Distractions While Driving
There is a multitude of reasons that a driver may become distracted while on the road. For people who drive frequently, this task often feels routine, and many drivers become bored, causing them to search for something to entertain themselves. Some of the common distractions for drivers in a vehicle include:
- Passengers, especially young children
- Radio or music
- Talking or texting on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on make-up, shaving, or other personal grooming
- Reading billboards
Although all of these distractions can be extremely dangerous, cell phone use is the single most likely cause of distracted driving. In 2018, the state of Georgia took steps to stop the use of cell phones while driving, when they enacted the Hands-Free Law. This law makes it illegal for drivers to touch their phones at all while on the road, requiring instead that drivers use hands-free alternatives for calls and texts, if absolutely necessary.
Enacting the Hands-Free Law in Georgia was an important step in reducing distracted driving accidents, but some drivers, unfortunately, still engage in this dangerous behavior.
Despite sometimes feeling that driving is routine or mindless, this is still an extremely dangerous task that requires constant precision and attention. When a driver becomes complacent and does not give their undivided attention to the road, they can cause extensive injuries and serious property damage to the other drivers around them.
Possible Compensation After a Distracted Driving Accident
A car accident causes serious physical and emotional suffering, which may require extensive medical care and rehabilitation to manage. Although this care is essential for your recovery, it comes with numerous expenses, which you may not be able to afford. Additionally, if your vehicle was seriously damaged or totaled in the accident, you must now find a way to afford a new car or another form of transportation.
These expenses should not be your responsibility when a distracted driver caused your accident. That is why you need to seek fair compensation that is appropriate for the severity of your accident.
You may be able to seek compensation for a wide variety of expenses after an accident, depending on the circumstances and severity of the crash. Some of the most common forms of compensation include payment for:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgery, medication, and other necessary treatment
- Rehabilitation services
- Psychological therapy
- Transportation expenses, such as rental vehicles
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Lost wages from time off of work
- Temporary or permanent disability
You need to discuss the details of your car accident with an attorney, to determine the right amount and type of compensation. Your attorney will fight back against insurance providers or the driver who is at fault if they offer you a settlement that is less than what your accident is worth. Your attorney can also bring your case to court, if necessary, so you can get the compensation you need.
If you lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, you need to talk to your attorney about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit offers additional compensation for the family of the deceased, which can help pay for funeral services and burial or cremation. A wrongful death lawsuit may also provide compensation for lost future earnings, which can help protect your financial interests, after the unexpected death of a loved one.
Contact Chris Hudson & Associates
Distracted driving is a dangerous and sometimes deadly behavior that causes thousands of car accidents each year. Even when you try to keep yourself safe on the road, you cannot control the reckless actions of other drivers, and you may not be able to prevent an accident.
If a distracted driver caused your car accident, you need to contact one of the skilled attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates as soon as possible. We are ready to begin work on your case today, so you can receive the greatest amount of compensation for your accident. Discuss your case with one of our skilled car accident attorneys by calling Chris Hudson & Associates at 706-863-6600.