By now, everyone in New Orleans has heard about distracted driving. It seems like we can’t go a day without another accident caused by a distracted driver. Although most New Orleans drivers will be involved in at least one car accident during their driving career, most are minor fender benders. But if a driver is involved in a serious car accident due to no fault of their own then they may want to consult with a personal injury attorney.
Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents in New Orleans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 over 2,800 people were killed by distracted driving in the United States. There are many reasons why a driver can be distracted. Most of the reasons a driver is distracted is because of cell phone use. Drivers continuously use their phones in the car, making phone calls, responding to texts, checking social media, etc. These are all extremely dangerous activities. In addition to cell phone use, other distractions for drivers include reaching for an object, turning to focus on something else like children in the backseat, looking at an accident scene, reading, or applying makeup. Even though there are laws in place prohibiting distracted driving it still occurs across Louisiana.
If a family has been affected by a distracted driver, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can visit the accident scene, interview witnesses and review the police report, and help a family determine what happened to cause the unexpected accident. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
An unexpected car accident can affect a family in many ways. Not only is there emotional and physical trauma, but there can be financial loss as well. Families should understand that they have legal rights in this situation.