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Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in Southfield, MI

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Car accidents impact many American citizens every day. They commonly cause expensive car repair bills, extended hospital visits, and even permanent changes to people’s lives. Most drivers don’t realize how dangerous being distracted on the steering wheel can be. It takes a few seconds for a distracted driver to swerve a few inches to the wrong side and cause severe damage to another car, property, or even a pedestrian. Distracted driving crashes can have severe effects on their victims and cause mental anguish. It helps to have insurance to mitigate the consequences of these unfortunate accidents, but an insurance company does not always fully cover car accident victims.

Whether a distracted driver car accident damaged your property or caused personal injury, an attorney at Sigal Law Firm can help determine if you have grounds for a distracted driving injury case. Call Sigal Law Firm today to speak to a distracted driving lawyer at 248-671-6794 and get a free case evaluation.

What Exactly is a Distracted Driving Accident?

How is a regular car accident different from a distracted driving accident? A distracted driving accident is primarily caused by a negligent or distracted driver who was focusing on something other than driving safely. In other words, distracted driving accident victims can potentially seek compensation for damages caused by the incident through a personal injury claim. Damages from this type of car accident can vary widely and include both physical trauma and psychological trauma.

What Are Common Driving Distractions?

Distracted driving accidents are caused by a variety of factors. Today, many drivers can be easily sidetracked and often convince themselves that taking their eyes off the road for a few quick seconds is safe. Even driving at 50 mph while not paying attention to the road can cause them to cover the distance of an entire football field without paying proper attention, causing the distracted driver to hit other cars and causing potential damage to the victim. Unsurprisingly, cell phone use (and use of other electronic devices) is one of the leading causes of driver distractions. Some of these common distractions are:

  • Answering/reading texts or looking at a cell phone
  • Being on a cell phone call
  • Eating and drinking
  • Fiddling with the music or entertainment system of the vehicle

These common distractions may appear mundane at first sight, but they have been the cause of many accidents that could have otherwise been avoided. If you are actively driving, it is best to avoid anything that can be considered a cognitive or visual distraction at all costs. If you have been affected by a negligent driver who was not paying full attention to the road, you can recover compensation.

Driving Distraction Accident Injuries

When people think of car accidents, they usually think of the immediate and devastating injuries that can happen, but the reality is that car accidents can have long-lasting effects on many of their victims. Car crashes can lead to injuries that are minor, such as scratches or bruises, or cause severe injuries that can impact your life in many different unforeseen ways. Some of these injuries can even cause chronic pain and lead to long-term symptoms that can escalate to emotional and financial stress on the victims due to medical expenses. It is important to always seek medical attention after a car accident, no matter how small the injuries appear to be. These common injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Head trauma (concussions, headaches, brain injuries)
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Back, neck, or spinal injuries
  • Damage to joints, such as sprains or tears (knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders)
  • Emotional or psychological trauma
  • Temporary or permanent damage to cognitive functions (sight or hearing)
  • Damage to internal organs

These serious injuries not only hurt the victim physically but can cause unexpected expenses that can lead to financial turmoil. Additionally, victims of distracted drivers can sometimes suffer lost wages due to either an extended hospital visit or the physical injuries they suffered. If an accident has caused any of these injuries to you or a loved one due to the previous distractions mentioned, you could be due compensation through a personal injury claim.

Can I Take Legal Action if I Have Been Involved in a Distracted Driving Accident?

If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover compensation. Car accident lawsuits can be challenging to pursue by yourself due to the proof required to establish fault on the at-fault driver successfully. Police reports, road camera footage (if available), and other types of evidence can be used to determine if the car accident was indeed caused by the other driver.

However, a lawyer can make the most of this evidence and better your chances in distracted driving cases. Doing nothing if you were affected by a distracted driving accident can lead to serious consequences in the future if left ignored. Sigal Law Firm attorneys will work hard to give you the results you deserve and will meet with you in a free consultation to discuss your situation further. Call 248-671-6794 today to learn more about personal injury claims.