Distracted driving has become a bigger and bigger problem as mobile devices have become more widespread and easier to use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during daylight hours, there are at least 660,000 drivers using their cellphones while driving. Unfortunately, these are actions that can have very serious consequences. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in accidents involving drivers on their phones, and almost 3,500 were killed. If you are among the thousands of Minnesotans affected every year by negligent drivers through serious injuries or even the loss of a loved one, you should exercise your right to compensation for your pain and suffering by contacting an experienced Minneapolis distracted driver attorney to help you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Texting While Driving
In Minnesota, it is currently illegal for drivers to “compose, read or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device” while driving, even while at a stoplight. Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to make calls on their phones at all while driving, given their inexperience. According to the NHTSA, 18 percent of drivers involved in crashes were involved in “at least one interior nondriving activity.”
However, it can often be difficult to prove that distracted driving directly caused an accident, even if a driver was on their phone at the time of an incident. If a cellphone is found in the vehicle, it can be used as evidence. Text history can be given willingly or subpoenaed from phone service providers to determine if texting was occurring at the time of the accident. Additionally, information related to app use can possibly be subpoenaed from providers to prove use at the time of an incident. While the authorities perform these tasks for criminal investigations, we do so as well as a part of our independent investigation into the accident with the help of field experts.
Once it is found that the driver was distracted by texting while driving, they can be charged. If the accident is a fatal, a driver can serve time in jail and pay hefty fines. In the meantime, you and your Minneapolis distracted driver accident attorney can hold them financially responsible for the death. In the case of personal injury, you can file a claim requesting compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Contact A Minnesota Distracted Driver Accident Attorney
There is a time for checking your phone, shaving, reading, adjusting your appearance or any matter of activities you might do. While you are driving is not the correct time. If you have been injured by a driver who has selfishly put other motorists and pedestrians at risk by not paying attention to the road, contact the Meshbesher Law Firm. We have years of experience in this field and will fight aggressively to give you the best chance at receiving compensation for the injustice done to you or a loved one. What the insurance company offers you may not be enough, especially when the injuries that you experienced were very severe and may require long-term care. To hold those responsible financially accountable for their actions, call us at 612-349-5215 for a free consultation.
You can also e-mail us your questions. The Meshbesher Law Firm, like other personal injury attorneys in Minnesota, works on a one-third contingency fee basis on all claims. If we cannot get you a recovery, you do not owe us for the time we have spent working on your case.