How Smartphones Can Decrease Distracted Driving Accidentsentry-title

Thousands of people are killed every year because of serious auto accidents. Every accident has a different reason as to the cause of injury or death, but one of the biggest reasons is because of distracted driving. More than 3,000 people are killed in the U.S. every year in distracted driving crashes, according to the federal government. The number one cause of this distraction is cell phone use; around 70% of drivers report that they use cell phones despite knowing that they put their driving safety at risk. Fortunately, there is a way to use technology to your advantage and prevent any future car accidents.

How Can Cell Phones Actually Prevent Car Accidents?

Smartphones actually offer apps and devices that will help drivers stay focused and prevent them from making or accepting calls, texting, or accessing the internet. The most basic apps and technologies will block calls or texts, but more advanced systems can block any sounds or audio features, and they can also track your speeding and braking while driving. This kind of technology is perfect for new and experienced drivers, or if you have elderly loved ones that are driving. Employers also use this technology in order to enforce cell phone policies in and around the workplace.

Why Do We Need It?

Many drivers have a “not me” attitude when it comes to discovering fault in car accidents and safety. Confident drivers believe that using their phones is fine, and that they can handle it because they are experienced. Many drivers also believe that using hands-free and voice control features on their cell phones is much safer, but research shows that drivers who use hands-free phones only pay attention to 50% of the road. This proves that the safest solution for limiting distractions is to completely block cell phone use. This solution is the simplest as well; just download an app, activate the service on your wireless phone plan, or physically install the device into your vehicle for tracking purposes.

Our Bay Area injury attorneys will assist you in court if you were injured in a distracted driving car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can get started with your case.

Do I Need an Attorney if I am Injured in a Car Accident?entry-title

Car accidents are responsible for billions of dollars in lost wages and medical costs in the US. According to the most recent statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), crash injuries sustained during 2012 could be responsible for an estimated $18 billion in lifetime medical costs. Car crash injuries from 2012 may also result in $33 billion in lifetime lost work costs. These costs have only gone up since then.

These statistics show us something very important – car accidents are expensive for survivors and their families. It is a common mistake to assume that auto insurance providers will help pay for all  of medical bills, lost income and other losses. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have seen time and time against that this is not always the case. Insurance companies are primarily concerned with collecting premiums- not paying claims and thus making profits. If your crash resulted in an injury and other monetary losses, you should consider hiring an attorney.

An experienced personal injury attorney could help your injury claim for reasons that include but are not limited to:

  • An attorney is familiar with procedures and laws that could affect your claim. In fact, an experienced attorney has likely handled claims that were similar to you own.
  • An experienced attorney knows where to look for evidence that could help you obtain a fair In addition, an attorney could also protect evidence from being altered or destroyed by an at-fault party.
  • Your attorney can negotiate a settlement with insurance companies to help you receive resources that are needed after a serious injury. If necessary, your attorney could take your case to trial.

Depending on the type of injury, it could be a serious mistake to not hire an attorney. Compensation from a settlement or verdict could help pay for medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, loss of potential earnings, or costs associated with pain and suffering.

Consider the lifetime costs that could be caused by suffering a serious spinal cord injury after a crash at a young age. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the lifetime expenses of a 25-year-old who sustained a C1-C4 injury are $4.7 million on average. This figure does not account for lost wages, loss of potential earnings or other costs associated with this type of injury. Some cases could incur much higher costs.

Our Law Firm Has More Than 35 Years of Experience with Car Accident Claims

Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson has provided exceptional legal representation for injury victims for more than 35 years. If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident and want to discuss possible legal options, then  please contact our law firm for a free consultation.

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