If you suffered injuries in a collision with a distracted driver, you could be facing pain and suffering, medical costs, and even lost income due to time away from work. If you experienced any of these losses, you could be eligible for compensation.
Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with a Hicksville distracted driving accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P.
Common Forms of Distraction Behind the Wheel
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are three primary forms of distraction that increase the risk of vehicle accidents. These include visual, manual, or cognitive distractions.
Visual distractions are anything that divert a driver’s vision from the road. This could include looking at a phone, reading an e-mail, or turning to the radio to adjust the channel.
Manual distraction involves any use of the hands other than operating the steering wheel or gear shift. Examples include opening a drink bottle or reaching for a mobile phone. When a driver takes their hands off the wheel for only a second, they could hit a sudden hazard in the road.
Cognitive distractions include anything that takes a driver’s mind off of driving. These distractions occur even when the driver is watching the road with both hands on the steering wheel. Common examples include daydreaming or talking with a passenger.
Texting while driving is especially dangerous as it combines all three forms of distraction. Not only does texting draw a driver’s eyes from the road and toward a phone, but it also requires the use of one or both hands to type out a message. Writing out a text is a cognitive distraction similar to talking with a passenger.
If you were in an accident caused by any of these forms of distracted driving, your lawyer will be able to gather evidence regarding your accident, identify liable parties, and communicate with those parties so that you don’t have to.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving Hicksville, call 516-932-0400
Dangers of Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the consequences of distracted driving are often fatal. In the U.S. in 2018, 2,841 people were killed in accidents involving driver distraction.
Non-fatal injuries are also common in these accidents. Many of these injuries have permanent debilitating consequences. Some examples include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts and bruises
- Tendon injuries
Recovering from or living with these ailments is often a painful and costly ordeal. For many, the unexpected financial burden of medical bills stemming from an accident is substantial. This is especially true in cases where an injury victim is too hurt to return to work.
A Hicksville distracted driving accident lawyer will fight for you through the claim process and, if the insurer for the at-fault party refuses to make an appropriate settlement offer, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, a civil lawsuit. These claims could help recover compensation for your medical bills, vehicle damage, and pain and suffering among other things. Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to learn more about how we will be able to assist you.
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Compensation For Your Injuries
Depending on the severity of your injuries following an accident with a distracted driver, you could be eligible to pursue several avenues of compensation. You have the right to file a claim for your financial losses as well as your physical and mental injuries. These losses include the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Property damage expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
Remember that in the state of New York, there is a limited amount of time to file your claim. A lawyer will discuss the statute of limitations with you in further detail. In addition to the statute of limitations, other deadlines apply to claims and lawsuits as well. Another, practical and very important time-related consideration pertains to gathering evidence. Such critical steps as interviewing witnesses and capturing potentially available video surveillance footage are all best done as soon as possible following the accident. Simply stated, the sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
During your free consultation, someone in our office will review your case and advise you on the types of damages you could be entitled to recover.
The Value of a Strong Advocate
There are many ways the attorneys of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. could aid in your financial recovery. When we represent your interests in an injury claim, we will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies.
While it is possible for you to do so independently, there are several reasons why working with a lawyer can be helpful. Insurers frequently offer inadequate settlements early on in the process with the hope that injury victims will accept them before hiring an attorney. By seeking a lawyer’s advice before accepting a settlement, a lawyer will help you determine a more accurate value for your case.
Additionally, insurance adjusters often push injury victims towards signing releases or settling their claims for below their actual value. In some cases, an adjuster might take something you say as an admission of fault. Under these circumstances, the insurer could use your own words against you to wrongly deny your claim.
By handling all communication directly with the insurance companies, we will fight to advocate for your interests. Our goal is to win every dollar you deserve. Let Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. work with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
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You Could Recover Compensation Following an Accident with a Distracted Driver
It is important to speak with a Hicksville distracted driving accident lawyer as soon as possible to file your claim. Insurance companies often act quickly in building their defense. By beginning your own claims process early, as mentioned above, you will provide your lawyer with the time they need to investigate any evidence and prepare a case.
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to answer any questions you have about your claim or the legal process. Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with someone at the office of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. as soon as possible.