Most people know the dangers of distracted driving, yet thousands still die each year because drivers are texting, gawking at billboards, or engaging in other distracting behaviors. Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to distracted drivers since they are more difficult to see than passenger vehicles.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyers at Englander Peebles can handle negotiations on your behalf with the insurance company and help you avoid costly mistakes. We may also be able to help you claim punitive damages, which could significantly increase your compensation. Call (954) 231-1384 today to arrange a free consultation.
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How to Prove That the At-Fault Driver Was Distracted
The success of your claim and the amount of compensation you ultimately recover will depend on the strength of your evidence. To win your case, it must be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligent actions. But how can your personal injury attorney prove that the at-fault driver was distracted?
If it is suspected that the driver was using a cell phone when the accident occurred, those records may be obtained from the cell phone service provider. Those records will show the times of phone calls and texts, and your motorcycle accident attorney will work to match those times with the time of your collision.
If witnesses saw the at-fault driver using a cell phone, putting on makeup, or engaging in other distracting behaviors, their testimony may help your injury lawyer prove negligence. If a surveillance camera filmed the accident, your attorney will work on obtaining that footage to use as evidence.
How to Spot (and Avoid) a Distracted Driver
Many distracted driving accidents can be avoided by anticipating dangerous situations and taking evasive action. All riders should know the signs that a driver is distracted so they can keep their distance. These signs include:
- The driver is looking down at a cell phone
- Abnormal braking and accelerating patterns
- Stopping too far before or after an intersection
Besides keeping your distance from drivers who demonstrate the above signs of distraction, you can also reduce your risk by:
- Staying out of other drivers’ blind spots
- Adding reflectors to your motorcycle and helmet
- Using your headlight
- Wearing brightly colored clothing
What Are the Most Common Types of Driver Distractions?
There are three categories of driver distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. The most dangerous distractions fall into all three categories. Examples include texting while driving and reaching across the vehicle to grab an item. Other common distractions include:
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel
- Talking with passengers
- Gawking at crash scenes or billboards
- Adjusting the radio station or climate controls
Trust Englander Peebles With Your Distracted Driving Motorcycle Accident Case
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident with a distracted driver, contact our office to discuss your case. Our South Florida personal injury claim attorneys will aggressively protect your legal rights to assist you in obtaining the compensation that you deserve. Call (954) 231-1384 today to schedule a free consultation.