Hit by a Distracted Driver

Injured by a Distracted Driver?

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Without a doubt, distracted driving is a danger to everyone on the road. Year after year, distracted driving tops the list of causes of car accidents throughout the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 80% of all car accidents are caused by distracted driving. And, unfortunately, despite the efforts of local municipalities, distracted driving seems to be increasing. To be sure, this rise is almost surely connected with the mass adoption of smartphones by the general public.

If you have been injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver then you will need the expertise of a skilled car accident lawyer. Proving your car accident was the result of a distracted driver can be a difficult task for someone without years of legal training. An experienced attorney will know how to fully investigate the cause of your accident and help prove liability for your injuries and losses. What you need is an Advocate attorney on your side.

Distracted Driving Accidents Require Skilled Representation

Auto crashes caused distracted driving occur virtually every day in Washington state. Unfortunately, proving any one accident is caused by a distracted driver is a difficult task, especially for a victim without legal training. Establishing liability for a distracted driving injury claim demands the skilled of an experienced injury attorney. With the help of an attorney, you will be able to properly investigate the causes of your accident and press your case before a judge and jury if necessary. Without an attorney by your side, you risk settling your injury claim for a total far lower than your case is worth.

Here are just a few types of compensation a skilled accident attorney can obtain for your distracted driving injury claim:

  • Medical bills

  • Future medical expenses

  • Pain and suffering

  • Property damage for your wrecked vehicle

  • Long-term emotional damage such as PTSD

After your distracted driving accident, you need more than an ordinary lawyer. You need an Advocate attorney spearheading your injury claim. Our attorneys are experts at proving liability and winning maximum compensation for the cases we accept. The Advocates take pride in helping our clients make the best recovery possible. Contact The Advocates Injury Attorneys for a free consultation today.

Common Car Accident FAQs

What is Aggressive Driving in Washington State?

Technically, acts of aggressive driving fall under the criminal penalty of reckless driving. This traffic statute is often used in Washington State as a sort of umbrella infraction meant to cover a number of acts police officers determine as operating a vehicle in an unreasonable manner. Drivers are frequently cited with reckless driving for everything from drunk driving to seemingly minor infractions like distracted driving.

The act of aggressive driving, however, may include any of the following behaviors:

  • Sudden acceleration
  • Speeding
  • Rapid change of lanes
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Failure to yield
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Preventing other drivers from safely changing lanes
  • Blowing through stop signs or red lights
  • Accelerating to beat a yellow light
  • Changing lanes in an illegal manner
  • Repeatedly hitting the brakes without cause
  • Street racing

Too often, the aggressive behavior above leads to car crashes which would, otherwise, have been easily preventable. While most every driver is guilty of aggressive driving at some point in their lives, there are some drivers that make such recklessness a habit each and every time they get behind the wheel. In some cases, the behavior of these drivers leads to tragic results.

Aggressive Driving Injury Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving has been found to be a factor in over half of virtually all traffic fatalities in the United States. Considering the nearly 40,000 Americans who perished in automobile-related accidents in 2019, it is disturbing to realize that nearly half of these deaths were likely caused by acts of aggression on the road.

The statistics become even more harrowing when one examines the number of injuries caused by aggressive driving each year. According to statistics released by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), out of the 100,000+ car accidents reported in Washington during 2019, over 20k resulted in some form of injury. Assuming that half of these injuries were caused by aggressive drivers, it’s safe to say Washington has a major problem on its hands.

The plain fact is that aggressive driving is a scourge for drivers in Washington State. Accidents caused by aggressive behavior leave a lasting and negative impact on the lives of victims and their families. Victims often face long-term injuries, expensive medical treatments and therapy, chronic pain, and years of stress or even PTSD for several years following their accidents.

 

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