Grand Junction Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
To drive safely, you have to keep your focus on the road at all times. Any action that takes your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road is distracted driving. Whether someone wants to talk on a cellphone, converse with passengers, deal with children, eat, text, or adjust-vehicle systems, it’s more than a bad idea – it’s negligence.
If you or someone you love was injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, it is time to talk to a Grand Junction car accident lawyer to seek the maximum compensation. Contact Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 to get started.
Distracted driving is on the rise in our state. The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that every day, 43 crashes are caused by distracted drivers, many of which result in serious or fatal injuries. The agency has reported the following statistics for a recent year:
- 6,269 injury crashes
- 53 fatalities
- 13% of the total motor vehicle accidents
All attributed to distracted drivers. At one time, teens were considered the main offenders, but adults are also guilty of engaging in this deadly conduct. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that nationwide, 20,000 people died in distracted driving accidents in five years – distracted driving is a problem of epidemic proportions.
Distracted driving comes in three different forms:
- Visual: The driver’s eyes are not on the road ahead, but focused on a cellphone, in-vehicle system, GPS, or other item or person.
- Manual: The driver’s hands are off the wheel to perform another task, such as eating, grooming, holding a cellphone, or adjusting in-vehicle systems.
- Cognitive: A driver appears to be in control but is daydreaming, in a conversation, or engaging in any mental activity other than paying attention to driving safely.
If you were in a collision with a distracted driver, that driver should be held accountable. However, in filing your claim or lawsuit, you must prove the accident was caused by distracted driving. It will be necessary to obtain cellphone records, eyewitness testimony, and investigate the accident scene and vehicles involved, which is where a lawyer would come in handy.
A distracted driver can cause various kinds of serious or fatal crashes, including:
- Head-on collision: The distracted driver drifts into the oncoming lane.
- Side-swipe or T-bone accident: The driver fails to stay within the lane and strikes a vehicle in the adjoining lane.
- Rear-end accidents: The distracted driver is not aware of a road hazard or traffic condition requiring a sudden stop, and plows into the vehicle ahead.
- Rollovers: A distracted driver forces another vehicle to swerve to avoid a collision, leading to a rollover.
If another driver caused your accident on the Western Slope, you might believe that recovering compensation will be an easy task. But under Colorado law, compensation is determined based on “comparable negligence.” The insurance company may allege that you were partially responsible for what occurred, so you should get less money. Insurance companies are profit-making enterprises, not humanitarian groups. They want to pay out as little as possible and will engage in various strategies to achieve that end.
Without representation from a highly-skilled personal injury attorney, you are at risk of accepting a settlement that is far too low. Don’t become a victim of this practice – get legal help.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have a former Mesa County prosecutor, Andrew J. Peters, on our team. He and Andrew J. Nolan, an experienced trial lawyer, have the skill to develop a compelling case for you, fully supported by the evidence. For a free case evaluation, contact the firm today at (970) 243-4357. You deserve to recover every possible form of compensation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.