Proving distracted driving caused a car accident

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2020 | Firm News

Distracted driving is dangerous. To raise awareness, the U.S. Department of Transportation has designated April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In its proclamation, the department lists a few strategies for maintaining driving focus. Reading through these tips may increase your chances of staying safe on the road.

If you have a collision with a distracted driver, you may suffer a variety of injuries. Some injuries, of course, may significantly limit your quality of life. Fortunately, you may be able to seek reasonable compensation from the distracted driver who caused the crash. How do you prove distracted driving played a role in the accident, though?

Official reports

Many police officers receive training on investigating accident scenes and drawing conclusions. As such, it is important to always involve law enforcement after a crash. If an officer’s report names a distracted driver or issues a citation, you have good evidence.

Communication records

While there are other types of distracted driving, many motorists make calls or send text messages. Communication records may help you determine if the driver who collided with your vehicle was using his or her smartphone at the time of the crash.

Witness testimony

When you drive, you likely routinely encounter other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and bystanders. Accordingly, there is a chance someone saw the accident unfold. Following a crash, it is a good idea to obtain the names and contact details of all potential witnesses.

Surveillance video

Government entities and private businesses use cameras for a variety of reasons. If your crash occurred in an area within a camera’s scope, the footage may prove driver distraction.

Distracted driving is not harmless. On the contrary, if a motorist does not maintain focus when he or she is behind the wheel, your life may be in danger. By understanding how to prove distracted driving after a car accident, you improve your odds of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.