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How Distracted Driving Can Be Proven

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Joliet car accident lawyers, distracted driving, distracted drivers, distracted driving accidents, Illinois car accidentIf you were in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you may believe that you can recover compensation without any issues since the crash was not your fault. The truth is, however, that proving the other driver was distracted when he or she caused the accident is not always easy.

How is Distracted Driving Defined?

Engaging in any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road is known as distracted driving. Although one of the most common forms of distracted driving is talking on the phone and texting, there are a variety of other activities that drivers engage in when they should be focused on the road. Some examples of these activities include:

  • Eating or drinking;
  • Adjusting audio or climate controls;
  • Conversing with passengers;
  • Checking social media;
  • Applying makeup;
  • Shaving; and
  • Daydreaming.

In addition to increasing accident risk, distracted driving is illegal in some states. For instance, in Illinois if you are caught using a hand held cell phone or texting while behind the wheel, a police officer may pull you over and issue a ticket.

Examples of Distracted Driving Evidence

Fortunately, there are several ways you may be able to prove that the other driver was distracted and not paying attention to the road when they struck you.

  • Cell phone records: If the other driver was talking on the phone, texting, or sending an email, you may be able to find a time record by examining his or her cell phone records. An attorney can help you obtain copies of the liable driver’s cell phone records if they are necessary to support your case.

  • Witnesses: Witnesses are an invaluable resource in distracted driving car accidents. They may have noticed that the other driver was eating a sandwich and fumbling with their audio control when they hit you. Be sure to gather the contact information of any witnesses who could provide an account of what happened.

  • The other driver: The other driver may be disoriented after the accident and admit that he or she was engaging in a activity that took his or her attention away from the road. If the driver voluntarily informs you that he or she was distracted, you could document this information to support your case.

Contact Our Joliet Car Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, contact our experienced Joliet car accident lawyers today. Call us at 815-726-9200 protect your legal rights and help prove that the other driver was in fact distracted.

Source:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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