Indianapolis Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Every year since 2008, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducts a national survey on American drivers’ attitudes toward and behaviors regarding traffic safety. In the latest report, the 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index reveals that approximately 96% of drivers rate reading or sending a text or email on their phone while driving to be very dangerous or extremely dangerous. Nevertheless, 41% reported reading a text while driving in the last 30 days, and 32% admitted to sending a text within the previous month. Even talking on the phone while driving is viewed as very dangerous by nearly 80% of drivers, but 52% confessed to having done so in the 30 days prior to taking the survey.
Distracted driving takes thousands of lives every year and is responsible for well over half of all crashes involving teen drivers. Distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions and has quickly become one of the leading causes of car accidents in Indianapolis and nationwide. Keffer Hirschauer LLP is an Indianapolis personal injury law firm focused especially on helping car accident victims recover compensation for injuries and damages inflicted on them by negligent or distracted drivers. Learn more below about the dangers of distracted driving, and call Indianapolis distracted driving accident lawyers Keffer Hirschauer LLP for a no-cost consultation if a distracted driver injured you or a member of your family.
Distracted driving is more dangerous than speeding, driving drunk
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ranks distracted driving over speeding, aggressive driving and even drunk driving as the main factor contributing to crashes and close calls. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for as little as two seconds doubles the odds of a crash. Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at highway speeds is enough time to travel the length of a football field without seeing where you are going. Imagine how many changes in traffic patterns can occur over that distance, and you’ll realize how dangerous distracted driving can be. In 80% of the crashes studied by NHTSA, the drivers had turned their attention from the road in the moment immediately preceding their crash.
Specifically, NHTSA found that doing any of the following can double or triple the chances of a wreck:
- Making or receiving a call on a hand-held device
- Inserting or taking out a CD or tape
- Operating a smartphone
- Applying makeup
Distracted driving takes many forms
Safety experts identify three different categories or types of distractions. These categories include visual distractions, when your eyes are off the road, manual distractions, when your hands are off the wheel, and cognitive distractions, when your mind is diverted from the task of driving. Many activities involve more than one type of distraction. As the number and type of distractions increase, the chances of getting in a wreck increase exponentially.
How do you prove that a driver was distracted?
Proving the other driver’s negligence and liability is a fundamental part of getting compensation for your injuries after a car accident, whether you are negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or taking the case to court for a jury verdict. There are many different ways that distracted driving may be proven when it is suspected. For instance, a study of skid marks left on the road can be used to determine whether and when a driver attempted to brake before a crash. A review of a car’s diagnostics or a cell phone’s history can reveal what the driver was doing just prior to the accident.
Attorneys Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer are former Fatal Alcohol Crash Team prosecutors in Marion and Tippecanoe counties. In those roles, they applied specialized training to the investigation of the most serious car accidents in Indianapolis and beyond, and they used the evidence they found to charge and convict at-fault drivers, proving the drivers’ liability to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. These skills and experiences have proven invaluable as Bradley and Tom moved their attention to civil cases, dedicating themselves to helping injury victims get a full and fair amount of compensation for their injuries in a crash with a negligent or distracted driver.
Call the Attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP After a Distracted Driving Car Accident in Indianapolis or Throughout Indiana
If a distracted driver hit and injured you or a loved one in Indianapolis or elsewhere throughout Indiana, call Keffer Hirschauer LLP for a free consultation with a team of experienced and successful Indianapolis distracted driving accident lawyers.