The dangers of distracted driving may be well known, but rarely a day goes by when you can look at other drivers on the roadway and not see someone who is distracted or engaged in a task that is something other than operating a motor vehicle. Because distracted driving remains a problem that injures and kills thousands of Americans each year, it is important to know what to do when you have been involved in an accident caused by a driver who was distracted at the time.
At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of car accident victims, including many who were injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys are available to review your case at no cost, and discuss how we can immediately begin working on establishing fault and liability, and pursuing the financial compensation you deserve.
If you or someone dear to you has been hurt in a traffic accident caused by a driver you know or suspect was distracted, remember these few important tips:
- Call the police – Calling the police should be done after any type of car accident, as it can ensure emergency medical personnel are notified if necessary and that a law enforcement officer can collect information and statements about the incident for the purpose of compiling a police report. If you saw that a driver was distracted at the time of the crash, you can tell the police officer this when they question you about the crash. The police officer may corroborate your statement with statements made by witnesses, or may have observed something themselves that they can record in the police report. This can potentially benefit your personal injury case later on.
- Collect information – In addition to the police report, you too can collect information from all parties involved. If there are any witnesses, you can ask them if they noticed whether the other driver was distracted at the time of the crash. You can also take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved. Without violating privacy, you may be able to take a photo of something that could have been distracting the driver inside their vehicle.
- Speak to an attorney – The best thing you can do following a distracted driving accident is to consult with an experienced lawyer. By speaking with an attorney soon after the crash, you can provide all details of the incident while they are still fresh in your head. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we offer free consultations during which victims tell us all they can about their crash. In return, we discuss how certain issues may be handled, including distracted drivers, and how we can assist a victim in representing them during their personal injury case.