Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Distracted Driving Lawyers
We’ve all had weak moments behind the wheel. Times when the familiar ding of our cell phone or some other task took our attention away from the road. Unfortunately, this dangerous behavior can forever change lives.
Imagine this scenario:
You’re driving your children to school one morning. Your cell phone alerts you about an incoming text. You briefly consider checking it, but then you decide against it. After all, your children are in the backseat and you want to keep them safe. The text can wait. While stopped at an intersection, your car violently lurches forward. Someone has rear-ended you. Your kids are screaming. As you turn around to check on your children, your neck seizes up with pain.
You soon learn that the other driver was texting instead of paying attention to the road. The person never even realized that you were stopped at a red light.
Your routine day is now a disaster. The damage to the car makes it undrivable. Your kids have suffered a traumatic experience and can’t seem to be consoled. And, you will need medical attention for the searing pain in your neck.
All because someone felt that it was more important to do something other than pay attention to the road.
Distracted Driving Isn’t Just Cell Phones
Every day, distracted drivers put innocent lives at risk by behaving selfishly and negligently. While we often think of texting while driving as the main culprit, other behaviors are just as dangerous. These include:
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Eating or drinking
- Talking or arguing with a passenger
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio or climate controls
- Paying more attention to an outside scene—like a person or accident
- Allowing yourself to become “lost in thought” and taking your mind off driving
Even experienced drivers can fall into the trap of taking their attention off the road. Many seem to think nothing bad will happen to them regardless of their behavior. Sadly, this false sense of security causes major accidents every day. Innocent people often suffer because of the actions of distracted drivers.
Are You the Victim of Distracted Driving?
If you suffered injuries or property damage as the result of a distracted driver, then you may be entitled to compensation. Driving is a responsibility. When someone neglects this responsibility, they need to be held accountable.
When involved in a distracted driving accident, you may think that the claims process is simple and straightforward. After all, it wasn’t your fault. Why should you have to suffer more?
Unfortunately, obtaining fair compensation isn’t always easy. The insurance claims process is complex and time-consuming. In fact, it can be so confusing that you want to give up and settle for much less than you deserve.
The Ward Law Group doesn’t want you to receive anything less than you are owed. You shouldn’t suffer because insurance companies make it difficult to successfully settle a claim. Our lawyers have an intimate understanding of the insurance process and will take care of all the legwork for you, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
Is English your second language? Our attorneys know that Spanish-speaking individuals are often taken advantage of by insurance companies. The language barrier sets Spanish-speaking individuals up for failure. After all, being unable to complete the steps of filing a claim gives the insurance companies an excellent reason to deny you.
The Ward Law Group is dedicated to helping both English- and Spanish-speaking individuals secure the money that they need during this difficult time. We will work with you, explain the process, and take care of the details to ensure a successful claim.
Common Types of Distracted Driving Claims We Settle
The Ward Law Group helps innocent victims of distracted drivers secure money to cover medical expenses and other bills that may pile up after an injury.
Sadly, each day people suffer from the effects of distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 fatalities and over 1,000 injuries occur due to distracted driving every day. These are entirely preventable accidents.
Distracted drivers cause a variety of accidents including:
- Read-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- T-Bone collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Injuries to bikers or pedestrians
- Multi-vehicle pile-ups
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Road rage accidents
- Wrongful death
Types of Distracted Driving Injuries & Compensation
Given the variety of accidents caused by distracted drivers, it’s no wonder that the resulting injuries can range from mild to devastating. These injuries can negatively affect your life, sometimes permanently. The Ward Law Group can help you get necessary compensation for a variety of injuries including:
- Lacerations and burns
- Broken bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
- Loss of senses (blindness, deafness, etc.)
- Psychological effects of an accident
- And much more…
A personal injury attorney can do much more than secure the money to pay for medical bills. In fact, a skilled attorney can help you recuperate funds to compensate for lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, and many of the hidden costs associated with your accident.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
What do you do if you are involved in a distracted driving accident? Given the severity of the accident, it may be difficult to think clearly and rationally. After all, these traumatic experiences violently disrupt your daily routine. There are, however, important steps to take after an accident to ensure your safety as well as your success in the claims process.
If involved in an accident, follow these steps:
- Make sure that you are safe. Immediately after an accident, the shock can temporarily suspend your rational thinking. The accident scene, flowing adrenaline, and pain caused by injuries may leave you confused and emotionally charged. The first thing you need to do is be sure that you are safe. If your injuries allow, shut off your car and move to a safe location away from traffic. Call 911 or your local emergency number.
- Get medical help. If you feel any pain or suspect injuries, contact emergency services. This is no time to be stoic. As mentioned earlier, injuries resulting from car accidents can be very serious. Even if you don’t feel any immediate effects from the accident, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor within a day or two after an accident. Moreover, your medical records will serve as an important piece of evidence in the claims process.
- Take pictures of the scene. Photographic evidence of the accident scene and any personal or property damage plays a key role in handling the claim. If your injuries prevent you from taking pictures, ask someone else at the scene to send them to you.
- Request the contact information of any witnesses. As the claims process begins, those who witnessed the event will have important information about how the accident happened and who was at fault. Write down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any potential witnesses.
- Contact your insurance company to start a claim. As soon as possible, call your insurance company and report the accident. This starts the claims process. Don’t delay—most insurance companies specify a window of time that you need to call.
Get Help with the Claims Process
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a distracted driver, contact a personal injury attorney like those at Ward Law. Instead of dealing with the hassles of filing a claim, someone with intimate knowledge of this process can do it for you. This includes sending the police report to the insurance company, securing medical records, taking witness statements, and ensuring that all the paperwork is filed within the necessary time frame.
Some individuals make critical mistakes during the claims process which end up costing them thousands of dollars. We want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you.
The Ward Law Group’s Bilingual Team Is Here for You
Insurance companies make their profits by offering you the least amount of money possible for your claim. They use your lack of knowledge about the claims process to short-change you—even if you sustained significant injuries.
You don’t have to accept an insurance company’s low-ball offer. The Ward Law Group will fight for you until you get the money that you need to provide for your family. Our team has recovered millions of dollars for both English- and Spanish-speaking victims of distracted driving accidents.
You’ve been through enough. Don’t try to do this alone. Let us handle all the paperwork, communications, and litigation so that you can focus on getting your life back together.
Remember, the law limits the time you have to file a claim. Call The Ward Law Group today and get started securing your future.