Layton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Any situation where something takes a driver’s attention away from the road for even a few moments is distracted driving. Distracted driving led to at least 22 fatalities in Utah in 2016. Nationwide, one in four crashes is due to distracted driving. If distracted driver’s negligence caused damage to you or your property, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact a Layton distracted driving accident lawyer at Feller & Wendt, LLC for more information.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving in Utah
One of the most dangerous types of distracted driving is texting and driving. As technology becomes more and more prevalent in society, people are becoming addicted to their phones. When their phone goes off, there is an almost involuntary reflex in some people to respond. Looking at or sending a text distracts a driver for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field at 60 miles per hour with your eyes closed. Drivers who text and drive are as dangerous as drivers who are driving at twice the legal speed limit.
Utah law prohibits texting and driving or using a handheld cell phone in any way while driving. Police officers have the legal right to pull people over when they are texting and driving, even they are not breaking any other traffic law. In Utah, courts can fine drivers caught texting and driving up to $750 and sentence them to up to three months in jail. If someone dies in a texting and driving accident, the driver can be fined up to $10,000 and spend up to 15 years in prison. The state of Utah has some of the most severe punishments for texting and driving in the United States.
Some other activities that cause distracted driving are adjusting or programming a navigation system, eating or drinking, reading, watching a video, talking to passengers, adjusting the music, or attending to children.
Proving Liability in Distracted Driving Accident Claims
To determine liability in a distracted driving claim, you must prove the defendant was distracted when the accident occurred, that the accident would not have been as serious if the defendant had not been distracted, and that the resulting accident caused your injury. You can show that the driver was taking part in a distracting activity with witness statements or if the defendant was texting and driving, phone records.
Proving the distraction increased the severity of the accident can be more difficult. There are three steps that you and your Layton distracted driving accident lawyer may take to show the court that the defendant’s distracted driving affected the accident:
- Use evidence from the crash to show the defendant’s response time
- Compare the defendant’s response time in the accident to the response time of other drivers involved in similar situations
- Determine whether the more standard response time would have affected the accident
If you can prove the driver being distracted intensified the accident and caused your injuries, you may be able to get compensation. To learn more, speak with a Layton accident attorney experienced in distracted driving claims.
Contact a Skilled Layton Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident with a distracted driver in Utah, you may want to pursue a claim. The personal injury lawyers at Feller & Wendt, LLC have experience in Layton distracted driving cases. We treat all of our clients like family, giving them attention and care and doing all we can to get them fair compensation. Call Feller & Wendt, LLC at (801) 499-5060 or contact us online for determined and devoted representation in your distracted driving claim.