The Dangers Of Distracted Driving
Safely operating a motor vehicle requires constant attention to the road. Nonetheless, careless drivers insist on texting, making phone calls and performing other activities while behind the wheel. The results of such negligence are often catastrophic and even fatal.
At Satterley & Kelley PLLC, we are strong advocates for victims of distracted driving and other forms of negligence in Louisville and throughout Kentucky. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complex personal injury claims and have proven time and gain their ability to recover outstanding results for injury victims and their family members.
Uncovering Key Evidence
Distracted driving takes many forms, from texting while driving to operating a GPS system and even performing everyday tasks such as eating or applying makeup. In handling motor vehicle accident claims, we work tirelessly to uncover evidence of distracted driving and other negligent behavior on the part of at-fault drivers.
Evidence of distracted driving may be uncovered from a number of sources, including:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Cell phone records
- Dashcam or surveillance footage
- An admission of fault from the driver
Our attorneys will work tenaciously to uncover the facts and help you recover compensation for your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other losses you have suffered due to another driver’s careless habits. We have decades of experience handling complex personal injury claims and will do everything in our power to help you rebuild your life after this accident.
Parents Are Some Of The Most Distracted Drivers
Looking for the most distracted drivers on the road? Don’t just look for the teen talking to her friends or the college student sending a text message or the office worker on the phone with his or her boss. Take a look in the drop-off lane at your local elementary school. Experts warn that parents are some of the most distracted drivers on the road.
Just a few examples paint a very clear picture of the problem. Among other things, parents have reported these distracting activities while driving with the kids:
- Turning the music up extra loud for kids who don’t like the car.
- Listening to kids and adults alike all drum their hands along with that music.
- Putting in DVDs for the kids to watch and even changing out discs while driving.
- Handing out snacks and drinks.
- Reaching back to comfort a crying child by rubbing his foot.
- Picking up toys that were dropped on the floor.
- Giving the kids breakfast on the way to school.
- Restarting a child’s favorite song repeatedly in the CD player.
- Texting a spouse
Some parents even have so much to do that they wind up driving with their knees and using both hands to attend to the kids. When hazards appear ahead of them, not only will they be looking away, but they’ll be in no position to respond quickly.
The risks are clear. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says having a baby in the car makes drivers eight times more distracted. Older children raise the distraction level by four times.
Those who are hit by distracted drivers, no matter the distraction, must know their legal options.
Help Us Make Kentucky Roads Safer
By pursing a distracted driving accident claim, you are not only protecting your own rights but also holding a negligent driver accountable for his or her carelessness, thereby making Kentucky roads safer for others. We are here to help you in this endeavor and to give you a strong voice in the legal system. To arrange a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers, contact our Louisville law offices online or by telephone at 800-655-2117. Feel free to visit our office in-person.