Mesa Distracted Driving Attorneys Advocate for Crash Victims
Arizona firm assists people harmed by other motorists’ attention
Technology has improved the driving experience in many ways, but cell phones and other in-car diversions have made distractions the top cause of vehicle accidents throughout the United States. If you or a family member was hurt because a motorist wasn’t paying proper attention, the Mesa distracted driving accident attorneys of The Bradshaw Firm, PLC can help. Since 1984, we have helped plaintiffs in Maricopa County and across Arizona hold distracted drivers accountable for their carelessness.
Maricopa County lawyers outline distracted driving examples
Various different potential distractions can trigger a crash. Whether the relevant police report notes it or not, our Mesa car accident law firm thoroughly investigates accidents to determine if a distraction is to blame. Potentially hazardous distractions include:
- Texting and other cell phone use — The new law banning texting while driving might make Arizona roads safer, but whether or not cell phone use violates the law, it might spark a serious accident. Even hands-free devices might divert a driver’s attention.
- Eating or drinking — Operating a vehicle while eating or drinking poses a serious risk. In addition to occupying the driver’s attention, a spill could cause him or her to lose control of the car.
- Grooming — Someone on their way to work or a social event might use their time in the car to fix their hair or apply makeup. Checking the result in the mirror limits one’s ability to see where they are headed.
- Paying attention to passengers — Whether they’re trying to calm down unruly children or are focused on a conversation with passengers, even a brief moment where the driver shifts their attention from the road could cause an accident.
- Focusing on the GPS or other dashboard features —The brief moment it takes to enter data or switch radio stations could prevent a vehicle operator from reacting to a hazard.
- Roadside activity — Not every dangerous distraction comes from inside the car. Glancing at an accident scene, a roadside attraction or even someone jogging by might lead to a collision.
Our proven lawyers can explain what to do if you’re injured in a crash and you suspect a distracted driver is to blame. By advocating for you with insurance carriers and defense attorneys, we will seek to resolve your claim so that you get the money you are entitled to for healthcare costs, missed time at work and the pain and suffering you experienced.
Auto accident law firm discusses distracted driving statistics
Approximately 12,000 Arizona car accidents are attributed to distracted driving annually. Whether you’re on I-10, Route 101 or just driving to the supermarket, someone who loses track of what they’re doing might end up speeding, drifting out of their lane or failing to make a necessary stop. If you’ve been hit by a distracted driver or a loved one suffered a fatality because another driver wasn’t paying attention, a knowledgeable Arizona injury lawyer can assert your rights during settlement discussions or at trial.
Legal counselors explain Arizona distracted driving laws
Arizona has passed a law banning drivers from texting and using hand-held cell phones, with fines beginning in 2021. Though an exception exists for people who are waiting at a red light, conversations often take longer than the period when the car is stopped. Other types of distractions might not be against the law, but still could contribute to an accident. For example, while headphones are only prohibited for school bus drivers and people who are transporting children, the inability to hear a car horn might be the key contributor to a collision.
Contact an Arizona lawyer for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt by a distracted driver
The Bradshaw Firm, PLC represents Arizonans who have been injured in vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers. Our office is in Mesa. For a free initial consultation, please call 480-712-9126 or contact us online.