Proving Distracted Driving In A Car Accident

How Do You Prove Distracted Driving Caused An Accident?

We have all witnessed other drivers engaged in distracted driving, from the relatively ordinary such as texting at a stoplight to the more absurd such as reading a newspaper while traveling down a highway. While all forms of distracted driving are dangerous, proving a driver was distracted at the time of an accident can be difficult. That is why it is important to seek help from a skilled personal injury lawyer who can help you build a strong claim against a distracted driver.

At Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions, and to helping accident victims recover the full and fair compensation that they deserve.

Gathering Evidence To Show A Driver Was Distracted

In most cases, an accident will jolt a driver out of the distracted behavior they were engaged in. In some cases, a driver may flat-out admit to being distracted before the accident. If this happens, you can use such a statement to help strengthen your claim. Other cases may require more thorough evidence gathering.

If there were eyewitnesses to the accident who saw that the driver was distracted just before the accident, you can use their statements to bolster your case. If cell phone usage was a factor, subpoenaing the driver’s phone records can show that they were using their phone at the time of the accident. Dashcam videos from your vehicle or the other vehicle may show the driver engaged in distracting behavior, as may nearby highway or street corner cameras. Passengers in either vehicle may also testify that the other driver was distracted. Our attorneys know how to gather all of these forms of evidence and how to best utilize it in your personal injury claim.

Injured In An Automobile Accident? Contact Us For A Consultation.

All drivers owe a legal duty to others to pay attention to the road at all times. When drivers fail to do so and cause serious injuries to others, we are here to help hold them accountable. To schedule an initial consultation with our attorneys, call our law offices in Olean at 716-301-4201. You may also contact us online, and we will respond to your message promptly. We provide representation to people throughout New York and Pennsylvania.