Indiana Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Distracted driving is a trend that unfortunately is getting progressively worse with time and the increase in smart phone usage.
Although the number of people who were killed as a result of distracted driving dropped slightly from 2011 to 2012, these numbers as a whole are still much higher than they were a decade ago, and there were still more people injured in 2012 than in 2011 as a result of distracted driving. In fact, in 2012 (the most recent statistics available) there were an estimated 421,000 people injured in motor vehicle accidents as a result of distracted driving. That is a 9% increase over the previous year.
When thinking about distracted driving accidents, the usual sources or causes come to mind: texting, eating, passengers, or looking down at the radio. However, distracted driving accidents can include other causes such as using a map or navigation system, steering wheel or dash distractions, applying makeup, rubber-necking (taking your eyes off the road to look at something- another car, an accident, animal, etc).
DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT FACTS
- More than 9 people are killed every day as a result of distracted driving car accidents
- The National Safety Council estimates that approximately 28% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
- 69% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted to talking on their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.
- 46 states now ban the use of text messaging while driving a car or motor vehicle. Legislation is under way in several other states, as well.
STEPS TO TAKE WHEN YOU ARE INJURED
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Contact Wagner Reese for assistance with your personal injury case
- Never sign or agree to anything without the assistance of a lawyer
- Prepare your case by gathering any relevant information that may assist in claiming your compensation (this may include taking notes about the accident, taking pictures of the scene, gathering statements from witnesses – all these things can be done with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer)
Distracted driving accidents aren’t just caused by visual or physical distractions, there is also a third potential cause, mental. Distracted driving can also include cognitive, or mental distractions such as not focusing on the road. These three distraction categories: cognitive (mental distraction), visual (a distraction that takes your eyes off the road) and manual (taking your hands off the wheel) can all have the same dangerous and/or deadly consequence.
A Note About Recovery Limits
In 2012, Indiana put a compensation cap on non-economic based damages. For personal injury cases in the state of Indiana, any case paid by the government may not exceed an award of $5,000,000. The Indiana Supreme Court is currently contesting this cap as unconstitutional, so these limits may soon be abolished.
About the Lawyers
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your distracted driving accident or personal injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!