Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. It requires drivers to take their minds off of driving, their hands off of the wheel, and their eyes off of the road, all of which can cause an accident.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a texting driver, a Columbus texting while driving accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to help you fight for compensation.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC manages personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients. If another driver’s negligence caused your accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motor vehicle accidents involving distracted driving claimed more than 2,800 lives and injured an estimated 400,000 people in the U.S. in 2018.
The CDC recognizes three types of distraction that may lead to a car accident: cognitive, manual, and visual. Part of what makes texting while driving so dangerous is that it combines all three. Texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina, per the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Other forms of distracted driving include:
- Adjusting the controls of your vehicle
- Interacting with passengers
- Eating or drinking
- Applying makeup
- Handling an unrestrained pet
- And more
Distracted drivers can take longer than focused drivers to react to changes in road or traffic conditions, and they are more likely to miss safety hazards or signs of danger.
Distracted driving can lead to a wide variety of serious accidents, including:
- Intersection accidents
- Frontal and rear-end accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- And more
Car Accident Injuries and Damages
Car accident victims may suffer a wide range of injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Injuries to the spinal cord, neck, or brain
- Head injuries
- Eye, ear, or dental injuries
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations, and disfigurement
- Partial or total paralysis
- And more
Depending on the nature of your injuries, your recovery period may take weeks, months, or years. Some injuries may be permanent. During your recovery period, you may face substantial care and treatment costs, a loss of income, and even an inability to get around on your own or perform basic tasks at home.
If you can establish that another driver’s negligence caused your accident, they may owe you compensation for your accident-related damages.
Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
The potentially compensable damages in a car accident case may include, but are not limited to:
- Current and future costs of accident-related medical care
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- And more
To discuss your accident, your injuries, and what potentially recoverable damages may be available in your case, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free case review.
Fault and Liability in a Car Accident Case
In order to recover compensation for your damages in a personal injury case, you typically must gather evidence that proves the following:
- The motorist owed you a duty of care.
- The motorist somehow breached the duty of care.
- The motorist’s actions caused an accident that affected you.
- You suffered quantifiable damages in the accident.
For car accident cases, anyone operating a vehicle on the road owes other road users a duty of driving safely and responsibly. This includes—but is not limited to—avoiding texting while driving, not drinking and driving, and obeying all traffic laws.
Even without evidence that the responsible party was texting and driving, you may be able to establish their liability with evidence that they caused your accident by:
- Failing to yield
- An illegal lane change
- Following too closely
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Some other form of traffic law violation
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can investigate your accident, determine the cause, and collect evidence of the responsible party’s negligence when we represent you.
Working with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC on Your Case
It can be difficult to reconstruct an accident and prove the responsible party’s liability while also recovering from injuries. If you choose to work with a Columbus texting while driving accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we can take over all of the legal work in your case. This may include:
- Handling all insurance, legal, and administrative proceedings
- Communicating with all parties on your behalf
- Identifying the responsible party and collecting evidence of their liability
- Estimating your losses
- Obtain medical proof of your injuries
- Negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC Today
You do not need to face the aftermath of your accident alone. A Columbus texting while driving accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
If you are considering pursuing compensation for your damages, keep in mind that, per North Carolina General Statutes (GS) §1-52, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina. If you wait longer than this to take legal action, your lawsuit may be dismissed.
For a free case review with a member of our car accident team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866. We offer representation on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning our clients do not pay us attorney fees unless and until they recover compensation via a court award or settlement offer.