Sevierville Distracted Driving Lawyer
It is difficult to make one trip on the road without encountering distracted drivers. When people are absorbed in activities besides driving they put other people’s lives at risk. The consequences can mean damaged property, astronomical doctor’s bills, lost time at work, and even death. If you have been involved in a crash involving a distracted driver, you understand the long-lasting impact it can have on your life. Contact a Sevierville distracted driving lawyer at the law firm of Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
What Constitutes Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is a term that applies when a person is engaging in an activity that diverts their attention away from the road. This includes:
- Using a phone to talk or text;
- Interacting with children in the backseat;
- Applying makeup;
- Playing loud music or being preoccupied with changing radio stations;
- Fighting with passengers; and
- Being emotionally distraught.
Ultimately, driving at 55 mph and reading a text message that takes your eyes off the road for even five seconds can be the equivalent of traveling an entire football field blindfolded. Sometimes it is easy to determine that a person was distracted behind the wheel when they crashed. A driver may feel bad and admit their mistakes. However, there are plenty of crashes where a driver does not want to take responsibility for their negligent actions and the harm they have caused. If you have been in a car crash and suspect the other driver was making poor choices behind the wheel, contact a lawyer at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette. We have experience investigating crashes to determine who is liable.
Why are Cell Phones So Dangerous?
According to the National Safety Council, Tennessee had 93 fatal crashes involving cell phones in 2011, which was the highest out of all the states. Even talking hands-free on a cell phone can be considered distracted driving. The phone conversation pulls the driver’s attention away from the road and requires unsafe multi-tasking. Now, with smartphones, the problem has expanded to include texting and using phone apps. The good news is that it is possible to find documentation that a driver was distracted. If they were posting photos on Instagram at the time of the crash, it will be easier to prove liability to the insurance companies.
Contact a Sevierville Distracted Driving Lawyer Today
When you have been in a serious crash it can be overwhelming to handle legal issues on top of caring for injuries and repairing damaged property. Insurance companies will do everything in their power to not pay claims resulting from a crash. A skilled Sevierville distracted driving lawyer can look out for your best interests, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and should the need arise, represent your case in court. Let an attorney at our office help you seek financial compensation for the crash you had with a distracted driver. We are available for a free initial consultation at our Sevierville location. Call Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today for help.