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Distracted driving

4.13.2021 ~ April is National Distracted Driving Month

As you may have noticed, traffic has dropped significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the roads have only gotten more dangerous.  Despite less people on the roads in 2020, crashes were up.  Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads.  On a typical day, more than 700 people are still injured in distracted driving crashes. According to AAA, distracted driving kills nine people every day in the U.S.

While drivers texting behind the wheel is one of the most common distractions, other risky actions include talking on a cell phone – even hands-free –or programming an in-vehicle infotainment system, applying makeup, eating food and more diverts attention away from driving.

Ways to help stop distracted driving.
  • If you need to read, send, or respond to a text, pull over and park your car in a safe location.
  • Have a passenger be your designated texter.  Allow them to respond to messages for you.
  • Do not scroll through apps, including social media, while driving.  If you are struggling to not check your phone while driving, consider putting your phone out of reach until you reach your destination.  You can also place your phone on a do not disturb setting.

4.7.2021 ~ What should an injured passenger do after a car accident?

Being an injured passenger after a car accident can leave you feeling helpless. You were not driving either car involved, and your insurance is not responsible for car repair claims. You are not at fault for anything, yet you still are a victim of injuries caused by the accident. These injuries induce medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses. What should you do?
Can I receive compensation from a car accident as a passenger?
Contrary to what someone might think, passengers injured during a car accident that they had no active role in still have every right to receive compensation. In fact, in most cases, it will be a more straightforward process than that of either driver involved in the accident. The important thing, no matter what role you played in a car accident, is that you take the right steps afterward to ensure a smooth claims process.
Get everyone’s information involved in the car accident!
You may not have been one of the drivers involved in the car accident, but that does not mean you should not be included in the information exchange process. Your insurance will not be responsible for your injuries, as you were not at fault.
The claims process determines which driver is at fault for the accident at hand. However, the injuries you sustain may cause you to incur medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Those are all costs resulting from the accident and will fall under the responsibility of whoever is at fault.
Make sure to get both drivers’ information, as well as information on the police report. Whether fault seems obvious or not, it is smart to obtain information from all possible sides to cover your bases.
File an injured passenger claim after the car accident!
Just as the drivers will file car accident claims, you should file an injured passenger claim. Their insurance companies will duke it out to determine who is at fault in the car accident.
You can choose to file a passenger injury claim with only one insurance company if the fault is very apparent. However, if determining fault may not be as cut and dry, you can always file your passenger injury claim with all involved drivers’ insurance companies and allow them to decide who is responsible for your claim.
Hire an Attorney!
If the insurance companies are in dispute over who is at fault and neither company wants to claim responsibility for your injuries, a lawsuit may be your next option. Filing a lawsuit for additional damages may be the route you need to take to ensure you receive the proper compensation you deserve. However, even if you do not need to take your claim to court, hiring an attorney is always advisable.
A personal injury law firm with dedicated, compassionate and experienced attorneys, like Daniels & Scriven, P.C., will help guide you through every step of the process.
We have earned a reputation for aggressive advocacy and dedication to clients’ who have been injured or killed due to an auto or car accident. We fight for compensation to cover your expenses, including medical bills, and damages for your loss of income resulting from the accident.
Your welfare and best interests are our sole priority, whether we are negotiating a settlement or representing you in the courtroom.