Kansas City Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Were You Hit by a Distracted Driver in Kansas City?
Distracted driving is a constant danger on the roads of Kansas City, especially now that seemingly everyone has a smartphone in their pocket at all times. If you were hit by a distracted driver and suffered a serious injury, then you should call on the attorneys of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, CHTD right away. With our help, you can bring a claim against the distracted driver and demand full compensation for your damages. While we dig into the tough work of your case, you can sit back, relax as best you can, and just try to recover.
What are the Types of Driver Distractions?
When a driver is not paying attention to the road or the safe task of driving, they are dangerously distracted. In today’s busy world, there are all sorts of distractions that can steal a driver’s attention. Probably the worst distraction is also the most common: the smartphone. This might explain why distracted driving has become such a huge problem on America’s highways, causing even more car accidents than drunk driving.
Driver distractions can be categorized into three types:
- Visual: Something that takes the driver’s eyes off the road.
- Manual: Something that takes the driver’s hands off the steering wheel.
- Mental: Something that takes the driver’s mind off driving.
Smartphones are so dangerously distracting because they engage a driver in all three forms of distractions simultaneously. Picking up the phone and reading a text message is both a manual and a visual distraction and thinking about that text message is a mental distraction. Furthermore, mental distractions linger for at least 30 seconds after they end, meaning a driver who read a text and put their phone down will still be thinking about that text instead of the road for half a minute or longer.
Other Forms of Driver Distractions
The driver who hit you could have also been distracted by:
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting the GPS or console controls
- Talking to a passenger
- Looking at a billboard
- Changing the song on the radio
- Self-grooming like applying makeup
- And more
Can You Prove If the Other Driver was Distracted?
Drivers have an instinct that tells them that driving while distracted is dangerous. They don’t need laws to know it. After causing a crash because they were distracted, the average driver will know they did something wrong, but they won’t want to admit it. Don’t be surprised if the other driver outright lies and says they weren’t distracted even though it seems obvious that they were.
To prove that the driver who hit you was distracted, an in-depth investigation might be required. Our Kansas City distracted driving accident lawyers can manage this investigation and look for evidence, wherever it might be. From police reports and eyewitness testimonies to traffic cam footage, there could be numerous sources of proof that our team will want to investigate.
Holding Distracted Drivers Liable
Distracted drivers who cause terrible accidents are too often able to escape liability because the people they hurt don’t know they should hire a lawyer for their claim. When they aren’t held financially liable, they are more likely to not learn the lesson of the tragedy and will probably continue to drive while distracted. Another accident for someone could be right around the corner if this happens.
To help take care of yourself and make your community’s streets safer for everyone, pursuing compensation and justice could be the right first step. Let Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, CHTD help with your case to get it moving. Our initial case evaluations are always free for inquiring clients.
Call (816) 542-5999 to tell us about your distracted driving accident in Kansas City, Missouri.