Even the best drivers on the road become distracted. Whether via texting, focusing on passengers or the scenery, or daydreaming—when a driver becomes distracted, accidents happen. Many of these accidents cause catastrophic injuries, leaving victims with high medical bills, property damage, and time off of work.
If you were injured in a car accident and the at-fault party was distracted, they may owe you compensation for your damages. You have the right to file a claim and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. An Alexandria distracted driving accident lawyer can help. Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers if you need legal representation.
Call (337) 777-7777 to get a free case assessment from our team.
Understanding Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving occurs “when an object or activity diverts attention” from operating the vehicle. Risky behaviors can quickly cause a person to take their eyes or attention off the road to focus on the distraction.
Distracted driving can quickly lead to accidents that range from veering off the road to head-on collisions and hitting cyclists or pedestrians. For this reason, there are stiff penalties for individuals who are caught texting or engaged in similar forms of distracted driving.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accident lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
Distracted Driving Cases Our Law Firm Handles
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that justice is served and that victims of distracted driving accidents receive fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm works with clients in a broad spectrum of cases that involve:
- Texting or calling
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Personal grooming/applying makeup
- Looking at a map or GPS
- Careless driving with friends
- Adjusting dashboard controls
- Handling children or pets
Regardless of how your accident occurred or who is at fault, we can take on your case. An Alexandria distracted driving accident lawyer can investigate your accident, establish fault and liability, calculate your damages, and fight for a fair settlement. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 to get a free case assessment.
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Proving the Other Driver was Distracted
Regardless of how obvious it seemed that the other person was distracted, proving your claim can be challenging. However, there are ways to demonstrate that the reason for your accident was distracted driving. Our lawyers can obtain evidence that demonstrates that the other driver’s attention was elsewhere.
Evidence of distracted driving may include:
Cell Phone Records
Although it is not always easy to obtain phone records, we may be able to petition a court to subpoena records if the insurance company denies your claim and you wish to file a lawsuit. A police officer may also request phone records if they suspect that the other person was using their phone while driving.
Social Media Activity
Sometimes a driver will leave an electronic trail of their activity. If the person was emailing, using social media, or engaging in a phone app while driving, we may be able to find evidence that shows that they were focused on a device.
It is not difficult to spot someone who is distracted while driving. A witness may have seen the other driver looking down at their phone or dashboard, turned around toward a passenger, or goofing off while driving.
A law enforcement officer may include suspicions or observations in their police report. They may also question the other driver who confesses to distracted driving. We can obtain a copy of the report as evidence to support your claim.
We may also be able to view any photos or surveillance camera footage of the driver’s activities just before the accident.
Potentially Recoverable Compensation in Your Case
Being injured from another person’s negligence or careless actions can be expensive. In addition to healing from your physical injuries, you may incur financial losses and suffer from mental and emotional anguish. In addition, your injuries can affect your household.
We can help you recover your financial losses. You may be entitled to claim the following:
- Hospital and medical costs
- Total lost income (wages, benefits, retirement, bonuses, etc.)
- Mental and emotional distress
- Physical suffering
- Disability/long-term care
- Loss of future earnings or employment
- Property damages
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Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
Distracted driving can lead to catastrophic accidents that end in fatality. If you lost a loved one as a result of distracted driving, your family may be eligible to recover all accident-related losses. Damages may include burial/funeral costs, pre-death medical expenses, or pain and suffering of the deceased.
We also explore how the victim’s death affected your family. You may be able to claim lost household income, lost retirement, or other lost benefits. We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a family member. Our goal is simply to help you recover your financial losses and see that justice is served.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Louisiana
Civil Code 3492 imposes a one-year statute of limitations on all personal injury cases, including car accidents. You have one year from the date of your injuries to pursue compensation for your damages by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party (or their insurance company).
If you fail to file a lawsuit within this timeline, you may no longer be eligible to recover your damages. Our law firm can gather all documents and prepare your claim. We can ensure that you file your claim by the deadline and that you adhere to all regulations related to your case.
Let Our Law Firm Help You with Your Distracted Driving Accident Claim
Regardless of how your accident happened, you have the right to explore your legal options and pursue compensation for your damages. Our lawyers can fight for a fair settlement and protect your rights. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777. An Alexandria distracted driving accident lawyer from our team can help.