Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Texting While Driving Lawyers
Technology has given us the ability to communicate anywhere, anytime, and for whatever reason. Unfortunately, this luxury is often abused. Far too many people believe that their phones are more important than the road that lies ahead.
Even the safest drivers have little to no way of preventing a texting while driving accident. Imagine this: you’re at an intersection and the light turns yellow. You slow down. Unfortunately, the person behind you is too busy sending a text message to see you stop.
If the driver looks up in enough time, he or she might still be able to slam on the brakes. But, unfortunately, it’s too late. The collision propels your car into the busy intersection and oncoming traffic. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with only minor injuries and a damaged car. Of course, the consequences of texting while driving can be much worse.
So, what do you do when someone who feels that their phone is more important than your well-being completely disrupts your life? A wrecked car, pain that keeps you from earning a living, and mounting bills all need to be addressed. After all, this wasn’t your fault.
Don’t Suffer Because of Someone Else’s Selfish Behaviors
Almost every state has laws against texting while driving. Still, a person knowingly and willingly put your life in jeopardy. He or she selfishly believed that sending a message was more important than the lives of everyone else on the road. Let’s hold these people accountable for their actions.
If you were injured in an accident because of the negligence of a texter, then you may be entitled to compensation. Of course, filing a claim can be a hassle. Sifting through paperwork, long hours on the phone with adjusters, and even having to deal with litigation can be overwhelming. All the extra work to successfully recover a fair claim may seem like too much—especially when you’re dealing with painful injuries.
Moreover, insurance companies often offer much less than you deserve. Adjusters are hoping to make a quick, easy settlement. Since most people want simply to move beyond this difficult time, they accept the low-ball offer. This is how insurance companies make their profits.
And who suffers? You. Not only are you dealing with the fallout of a texting while driving accident, but you also fall victim to an insurance company’s desire to make a profit.
Don’t Fall Prey to Greedy Insurance Adjusters
The Ward Law Group won’t let insurance companies take advantage of you. We do all the necessary legwork to process your claim so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. After all, those who hire personal injury lawyers typically receive higher settlements. Attorneys have experience in negotiating with insurance companies. Why work harder and settle for less by doing this on your own?
Is English your second language? Don’t let that affect your opportunity to secure a fair settlement. Insurance companies may take advantage of those who don’t understand the complex language used for processing claims. Our bilingual team at The Ward Law Group helps Spanish-speaking victims of car accidents navigate the claims process.
Common Types of Texting While Driving Claims
Putting others’ lives at risk just to send a text message is dangerous and negligent behavior. Some, however, may think that checking a text message is harmless—even necessary—while driving. Not true. Did you know that a car can travel about the length of a football field during the time it takes to check a text? That’s about 300 feet in which someone operating a three- to five-ton vehicle isn’t paying attention to what’s in front of them.
The result: lives permanently changed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people lost their lives in 2017 because of Texting While Driving. That’s just under 10% of all fatal crashes for that year. Also, according to the CDC, more than 1,000 people will be injured in Texting While Driving accidents each day.
When texting while driving causes an accident, the victims deserve compensation for their injuries, property damage, and any other losses.
Accidents caused by texting while driving can include:
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Vehicle vs. bicyclist accidents
- Striking a pedestrian
- Road rage accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Wrongful death
Types of Texting While Driving Injuries & Compensation
A distracted driver doesn’t follow the rules of the road. Texting while driving takes their attention away from any potential road and traffic hazards. As a result, an innocent person may suffer significant, life-changing injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered any of the following injuries because of a driver texting while driving, you may be entitled to significant compensation:
- Burns and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Herniated discs
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Loss of senses (blindness, deafness, etc.)
- Disfiguring injuries
- Psychological effects of an accident
- And much more…
A personal injury lawyer can do more than make sure your medical bills are covered. A skilled lawyer can secure funds for lost wages, loss of earning potential, property damage, pain & suffering, and the many hidden costs associated with texting while driving accidents.
The Ward Law Group takes care of the claims process so that you and your family can live comfortably as you work through this difficult time.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
A car accident can be traumatic and confusing. After all, one minute you’re going about your everyday business. Then, probably with little or no warning, a collision leaves you in shock and wondering what to do next.
Your first priority is safety. Shut off your car and move to a safe area away from traffic. If you have significant injuries—especially involving the head or neck—don’t move until first responders can assist you. As soon as possible, call 911 or your local emergency number.
If you suspect any type of injury, get treatment. Even if you don’t feel pain right away, it is best to get checked out by your doctor a day or two after an accident. Some injuries don’t exhibit symptoms until days after an accident. Without proper medical documentation linking your injuries to the accident, it may be more difficult to settle a claim.
Once the police arrive, they will create an accident report. Make sure you ask for the report number and names of any of the officers on the scene. Also, take pictures of the accident site or ask someone to send you pictures. Request the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any potential witnesses. This information can make the claims process easier.
If you suspect your accident was the result of texting while driving, consider enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney. Attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with texting while driving accidents and negotiating the claims process. They often uncover facts and information you may unknowingly overlook. A lawyer’s careful attention to detail may help you recover significantly more than if you tried to handle the claims process on your own.
Let The Ward Law Group’s Bilingual Team Help You
All too often, the negligence of other drivers and the greed of insurance companies leave innocent victims struggling to keep their families afloat. Gregory Ward once worked for the insurance companies. He saw how the claims process worked against innocent victims who tried to settle on their own. This was especially true for Spanish-speaking individuals who didn’t understand the complexities of the claims process.
Gregory Ward founded The Ward Law Group after witnessing these injustices. He didn’t want to see innocent families suffer any longer. A simple call to The Ward Law Group gives you a trusted ally throughout the insurance claims process. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim. So, don’t delay. Schedule your expert legal consultation today!