Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted drivers are some of the most dangerous drivers. When a person fails to pay attention to the road he endangers himself and everyone else. Atlanta car accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune founded The Bethune Law Firm in 1997 to help Georgians injured by negligent defendants. If you have been injured in one of Georgia’s distracted driving accidents, we can help you seek the compensation to which you are entitled.
DISTRACTED DRIVERS ARE DEADLY
A driver who fails to pay attention to the road not only puts his life at risk, but he also risks the lives of those around him. A distracted driver is more likely to miss important road signs or signals, which can have fatal consequences. Drivers who have disregarded a stop sign or a red light cause 50 fatal distracted driving accidents each year in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health data. Drivers who choose to engage in distracting behavior behind the wheel can face civil liability for their actions.
A PERSON INJURED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER CAN SEEK COMPENSATION
Georgia law gives those injured by a distracted driver the right to file a lawsuit. Most of the time, plaintiffs allege negligence on the part of the defendant. To win, the plaintiff must prove:
- The distracted driver, the defendant in the case, owed a duty to the plaintiff;
- The distracted driver breached the duty; and
- The plaintiff’s injuries were proximately caused by the distracted driver’s actions.
Every person who gets behind the wheel in Georgia owes a duty to other people to drive reasonably given the circumstances. A driver who unsafely plays with the radio, sends a text message, or is otherwise distracted has breached this duty. If one of these distractions leads the driver to cause an accident that injures another person, the distracted driver will be liable for those injuries.
In Georgia, plaintiffs have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Although it may sound like a long time, a person injured in a car accident should contact an attorney as soon as practicable after the accident to ensure that the necessary evidence is preserved. Failing to file by the deadline could result in the case being permanently dismissed.
SUCCESSFUL PLAINTIFFS ARE ENTITLED TO DAMAGES
A plaintiff who files and wins a distracted driving lawsuit is entitled to damages to compensate her for the injuries she has sustained. Hospital bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage are a few examples of economic compensatory damages that the plaintiff can collect. If the plaintiff experienced pain and suffering or emotional distress as a result of the accident, she can also collect these damages, the amount of which will be determined by a jury.
In addition, some plaintiffs may be able to collect punitive damages if the defendant in their cases acted particularly outrageously. Ask a knowledgeable attorney in our office if you have questions about the damages you may be able to collect.
HOLDING DISTRACTED DRIVERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS
A distracted driver can be made to pay for his choice to drive dangerously. Since 1997, Atlanta car accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune has been litigating cases for Georgians injured by negligent drivers. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call 800-465-8733 or email us to set up a free case evaluation.