Minnesota Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Distracted driving is a type of driving that includes nearly any behavior that take a drivers attention from the road and onto something else. Although distracted driving is often linked to Speeding car accidents, it is not the only activity that is causing drivers to lose focus. Eating food, drinking, talking with passengers and and checking smartphones are all forms, Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office can help people who have suffered serious injuries due to to distracted drivers throughout Southern Minnesota.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
Any time a driver takes their eyes off off the road or takes their hands from the wheel or does anything that causes the driver to lose focus while driving a vehicle, there can be terrible consequences. It takes only a second for the vehicle in front of them to brake or for an animal or even a small child to run into the road. The problem is that if the driver isn’t paying attention, he or she may not be able to react and stop the vehicle in time. According to a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) study from 2012, the majority of vehicle crashes are due to drivers not paying attention in the crucial 3 seconds before a crash, which the study says contributes to 80% of motor vehicle crashes.
Some Sobering Distracted Drivers Statistics
- Grabbing an object in the car while the driving increases the risk of an accident by over 8 times.
- Texting while driving can increase the risk of motor vehicle crash by over 22 times
- “touching up” make up can increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents by 3 times.
During 2012 over 3,000 people were killed in the United States by a distracted driving. While this number is sobering enough, a truly shocking statistic is that nearly 400,000 people were injured in some way by distracted driving. The sad part part about these statistics is that distracted driving is almost entirely preventable.
Texting and Driving: Illegal in Minnesota
in 2013 the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that made driving and texting a misdemeanor, this means that if convicted a person can face 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. This may seem harsh, but knowing how many thousands get injured texting while driving it is a pretty light penalty.
But How to Prove Distracted Driving?
This can be difficult, but this is where a good Car Accident Lawyer can really earn their pay. By issuing subpoenas and conducting discovery your attorney can find out exactly when the driver’s cell phone was last used and if texting or being on a smartphone was a contributing factor to the car accident.
Have you been injured due to a distracted driver? If so, call our office and we will investigate if you have a case. Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office will aggressively fight to get you the justice you deserve and are entitled to due to a distracted driver.
We invite you to contact our Minnesota car accident lawyers for a consultation and learn what compensation you may be entitled to.
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