Distracted Driving Awareness Month Shines Light on Personal Injuries

Several causes claim a particular month of the year in order to raise awareness. The month of April is recognized as Distracted Driving Injury Awareness Month, and there is plenty of reason to be aware.

According to the article “Distracted Driving, One Text or Call Could Wreck it All,” posted on Traffic Safety Marketing, 2013 saw more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 424,000 injuries in motor vehicle accidents due to some sort of distracted driving. The use of cell phones, including both verbal conversations and texting, is among the most common forms of distraction.

Eighty percent of drivers in the United States assume the answer lies in using hands-free devices in their vehicles, but other research suggests that this is not the answer. Several studies verified by the National Safety Council have shown that hands-free devices carry just as much risk, because the brain remains distracted and can miss half of the surroundings while a person is talking on the phone. This can easily translate into a failure to react to road signs, traffic lights, pedestrians or other traffic, causing an accident and prompting the need for someone to contact a Boston texting and driving accident lawyer.

Working With a Distracted Driving Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one is injured in either an auto accident or a large commercial vehicles accident that was caused by someone who was driving while distracted in any way, it is necessary to talk to a Boston personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling cases that involve distracted driving. But it is also important to be prepared by bringing in as much evidence as possible. Attorney John J. Sheehan suggests that several things be preserved, including medical records, photos of your vehicle and the other diver’s vehicle from the accident scene, witness contact information, damaged property or clothing, a police report, if possible, and as much information about the incident that you can personally remember.

Be sure to talk to your distracted driving injury lawyer before accepting settlement offers from the insurance company or admitting to any fault in the accident. Many will offer less than what is deserved in order to retain as much of their own profit as possible. Your lawyer can help you properly assess the true cost of your injuries and will pursue a settlement that reflects your needs.

The Importance of Timing

If you don’t immediately remember to contact a Boston personal injury lawyer, you can still do so for a while after the accident. It is not too late to reach out for help, but you don’t have forever. Massachusetts law has a three-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim, and some deadlines, such as those filed against a city or state office in Massachusetts may come up even faster. Legal cases take time, so it is important to take that step as soon as possible.

A free consultation is usually available, and legal fees are often contingent on your lawyer’s ability to actually win your case. Hiring a lawyer also takes pressure off you as you are healing as much as possible from your injury and discovering how much of an impact the injury will have on your future from a physical, emotional and financial standpoint. Getting medical bills paid is just the beginning; lost wages, future earning potential and physical pain and suffering can all be factors in the final settlement.

Distracted driving is not the only reason to seek out a Boston personal injury lawyer. Other situations, such as large commercial vehicle accident, a construction site accident, dog bites or an injury caused by a faulty product, are also reasons to seek out legal assistance after sustaining an injury.

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