Distracted Driving Accidents
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Reston, VA
Despite increasing awareness efforts, safety campaigns, and new laws, distracted driving remains a leading cause of preventable car accidents. Each year in the U.S., thousands of victims lose their lives in distraction-affected crashes, and numerous others suffer serious injuries. Because distracted driving is a clear display of negligence behind the wheel, victims harmed by motorists who choose to engage in risky multi-tasking rather than the primary task of safely operating a motor vehicle have every right to pursue a financial recovery of their damages by filing a personal injury claim.
At Hall & Sethi, PLC, our Reston personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims harmed in all types of auto wrecks, including those involving distracted drivers. If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was distracted at the time of an accident, you can be confident about placing your trust in a team that has been advocating on behalf of victims and families across Virginia since 1966.
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- Proven Experience in Car Accident Cases
- Over 65 Years of Combined Experience
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No matter how complex your case may seem, our legal team has the tools, experience, and resources to fight on your behalf. Call (703) 991-1949 to discuss your rights during a FREE consultation.
Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Epidemic
Safety officials and advocates have deemed distracted driving as one of the nation’s most serious roadway epidemics due to the thousands of injuries and deaths it causes each year. According to research, a driver is considered distracted whenever they engage in an act that is not the primary task of operating a motor vehicle. Examples include:
- Texting or using a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Reading or using navigation
- Adjusting music or vehicle technology
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
Texting & Cell Phone Use
While distracted driving is dangerous in any form, experts agree text messaging and handheld cell phone use are the most concerning – as they command a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention simultaneously and can increase crash risks by more than 20x. Not only are Americans today well aware about the dangers of driving while using electronic devices to read and compose texts, browse apps or the internet, and e-mail, they also know many states across the country have prohibited the practice. Virginia has also passed laws to target distracted motorists, including:
- A statewide ban on text messaging for all drivers
- Cellphone ban for school bus drivers and drivers under 18
All motorists have responsibilities when they step behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Most importantly, they are legally obligated to take reasonable measures in ensuring they do not pose risks to others on public roads and highways. Because the dangers of distraction are well known to drivers, and because some conduct is explicitly prohibited by statutory law, distracted drivers willfully violate their legal duty to drive safely, and can therefore be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause victims, including their:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- And more
At Hall & Sethi, PLC, our legal team leverages decades of collective experience to protect the rights of victims and families as they navigate the personal injury and wrongful death claim process. This includes assisting victims with their physical recoveries, and conducting the meticulous investigations, case work, and insurance company correspondence needed to secure a full and fair monetary recovery. As attorneys who have long dealt with insurers who utilize their resources to dispute, deny, and underpay claims, we know how to fight back against these corporations and compel them into paying victims what they rightfully deserve.
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Following any injury resulting from negligence, working with the right attorney can make all the difference – for both your physical and financial recovery. Our legal team is passionate about helping victims and their loved ones through difficult times, and to using our extensive insight and award-winning legal abilities for their benefit. We want victims to be made whole, and we fight aggressively to accomplish that goal.