Distracted Driving Accidents Attorney Colorado
Distracted driving is a serious safety issue in Colorado and across the nation. Nearly all drivers recognize that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, but many continue to do so anyway. They put themselves and others at risk. Distraction is one of the top contributing factors to car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents. Distracted drivers cause an average of 40 crashes each day in Colorado.
If you or your loved one has been injured by a distracted driver in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado, you may have a right to seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to the injury. A motor vehicle accident lawyer at The Sawaya Law Firm can review the details of your crash and discuss your legal options to a seek a financial recovery. Founding attorney Mike Sawaya and The Sawaya Law Firm have established a proud Heritage of Justice by successfully representing thousands of injured Coloradans in 40 years of practice. Let our attorneys discuss how we can assist you.
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Why Distracted Driving is a Problem?
To operate a vehicle safely, you need to keep your eyes on the road, remain mentally focused on the task of driving and watch for changes in road and traffic conditions such as lane shifts and other vehicles slowing down or stopping ahead.
Distracted driving is risky because it takes a driver’s focus off the task of driving. A driver can miss changes in traffic ahead that can lead to a serious crash. Nationwide, more than 3,400 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver in a recent year.
Teens are the largest group of drivers reported to be distracted at the time of a fatal crash. Drivers in Colorado who are younger than 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving.
What Are Examples of Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any type of activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the task of driving. There are three basic forms of distraction—manual, visual and cognitive.
A manual distraction involves taking you hand off the steering wheel.
A visual distraction involves taking your eyes off the road ahead.
A cognitive distraction involves taking your mind off the task of driving.
Some distractions such as texting while driving involve all three types of distraction and are extremely dangerous.
Examples of driver distractions include:
- Using a cell phone
- Sending text messages
- Talking to passengers
- Tuning the radio or infotainment system
- Changing CDs
- Using voice-activated features on a vehicle
- Programming the navigation system
- Looking at signs and billboards
- Looking at videos
- Using social media
- Grooming or putting on makeup
- Attending to a child or a pet
Drivers who are talking on a cell phone are at four times greater risk of a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A driver who causes a crash may not admit to police that he or she was distracted when the accident occurred. For that reason, the number of accidents in which distracted driving is a contributing factor is likely undercounted.
Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers
Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distraction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Typing text messages into a phone requires drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel, their eyes off the road and their mind off the task of driving. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for approximately five seconds.
How Can Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Help?
If you have been seriously injured and you suspect the other driver involved was distracted at the time of the crash, let us review the accident. At The Sawaya Law Firm, you will find a dedicated team of attorneys and paralegals who will treat you with respect and personalized attention.
Most people who turn to The Sawaya Law Firm for help have never been involved in a serious personal injury and are unsure of their legal rights. During a free consultation, a personal injury attorney will review the details of your accident at no charge and provide a helpful perspective about whether you have a valid injury lawsuit. If your accident case is the type that The Sawaya Law Firm handles, we will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis. There is no legal fee unless our attorneys secure money for you through a negotiated settlement or a jury award.
If we represent you, our attorneys will carefully investigate the cause of the accident. We can subpoena the phone records of those involved and determine whether the driver who caused the crash was talking on the phone or sending texts at the time.
We will identify all the contributing factors to the distracted driving accident and who should be held accountable.
We will calculate the full extent of your expenses and losses as a result of the accident including medical bills, lost income from missed work, vehicle repairs and other expenses. If your injuries will require ongoing medical care and leave you with a disability, we will work with your doctor to estimate your future medical needs and the cost. Any insurance settlement should take into account both present and future medical costs.
We will identify all the insurance policies available to provide compensation and negotiate aggressively with the insurers for a settlement that reflects the full extent of your injuries.
Our attorneys are proven negotiators and are successful in reaching settlements and resolving most cases without going to trial. A settlement allows you to receive the money you need more quickly and avoids the uncertain outcome of a trial. But if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement, our trial attorneys will be prepared to seek justice in a Colorado courtroom. We are proud of having represented thousands of Coloradans and of our law firm’s Heritage of Justice. Call to schedule a consultation.