It doesn’t matter that it’s illegal, every time you are out on the road you see some idiot texting or doing who-knows-what on their phone. If you are lucky, you can speed around those bozos and put some space between your cars. If you’re not so lucky, their distracted driving may cause you serious harm.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, showing that the other driver was messing with their phone immediately prior to the accident basically proves they were being negligent because driving while talking/texting/using social media/taking pictures/whatever is illegal.
Our firm knows how to get access to the cell phone data that shows our clients were injured because the other driver was more interested in who liked their post on Instagram than making sure they, their passengers, and the people in the surrounding cars arrived at their destinations alive. Even phones that are lost or destroyed in an accident leave a trail of digital exhaust that can be traced and analyzed and used to prove negligence.
We are also skilled at pulling together the other records that will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. If there is a police report, we get a copy. If there is no police report, or we think supplemental information would be helpful, we reach out to businesses in the area that may have a video of the accident, or who may have an employee who witnessed the accident. We organize medical records so that there can be little dispute over how much you have paid out of pocket for your care, and can help estimate how much money you have lost by taking time off work or not working at the top of your game. All of these things make your case stronger, and play a key role in getting you full compensation.
There is a reason the theme of one of the public service campaigns about the dangers of texting and driving is “it can wait.” No notification coming in on your phone is worth putting your life and the lives of others at risk. And yet, 3,450 were killed by cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving in 2016 while another 391,000 were injured.
If you or a loved one was injured by someone who made a dumb choice on their smartphone, don’t hesitate to seek the compensation you deserve.