Distracted Drivers Impact Everyone’s Safety
In the age where distracted driving is the norm rather than the exception, motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving cause more than 1,000 injuries daily.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including texting, talking on your phone, eating and drinking, applying makeup — anything that takes your eyes off the road. Texting while driving can have serious consequences, as sending or reading a text takes, on average, five seconds. At 55 mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. As a result, many states, including Tennessee, now have laws against texting while driving.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Could Permanently Affect You
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the impact can be long-lasting and, in some cases, permanent. Beyond physical injuries, even minor accidents can cause long-term anxiety as well as fears and phobias about driving or riding in a car. Further, like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause stress that affects your work, your relationships, and could eventually lead to depression and sleep problems.
How Having the Right Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s carelessness, you may need to hire a licensed attorney to represent you. Here are a few things to consider in deciding whether to seek representation
Have you suffered long-term, permanently disabling, or severe injuries?
If your injuries are serious, you likely have medical bills and, perhaps, lost wages. Those losses can add up significantly over time and cause real financial hardship to you and your family. Your medical bills, lost wages, and physical pain are all damages for which you are entitled to compensation from the person who caused the accident. The amount of compensation you ultimately receive for your injuries largely depends on how severe your injuries are. Only an experienced lawyer can calculate how much your injuries are worth and calculate how they will impact your earning capacity over time.
Are multiple parties involved or is liability unclear?
The handling of a complex claim requires an experienced hand. It can be very challenging to deal with multiple insurance companies all investigating the same accident, including unraveling who is to blame for the accident and the resulting injuries. If several people have been injured, the amount of compensation available may be reduced and protecting your interests becomes even more important. Also, when multiple parties are involved and several insurance carriers are all looking out for their own interests, your interests need to be fully and separately protected.
Has the insurance company refused to pay?
Unfortunately, there are times when insurance companies refuse to make a fair settlement offer or refuse to make any settlement offer at all. In this case, a personal injury attorney can assist you in negotiations and, ultimately, assist you in filing a lawsuit in order to protect your claim against the at-fault driver.
If you’ve been involved in any of the scenarios listed above, it would likely be in your best interest to contact a reputable attorney as soon as possible. Make sure that the attorney you choose is someone you trust and feel comfortable working with. The right attorney can help you make sure that you are treated fairly and that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Ask Eldridge & Blakney about your personal injury case today.