Denver Distracted Driving Attorneys
Holding Dangerous Drivers Accountable
Most of us know that driving while using a cell phone, no matter the purpose, is distracting and dangerous. However, engaging in any activity when your focus should be on the road is considered a form of distracted driving. Talking to a passenger, eating, reaching for something – these actions require that you devote some of your attention elsewhere and that presents a hazard to others on the road.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), in 2015, there were 68 deaths and 15,574 crashes in the state that were a result of distracted driving, which was an increase from the previous year.
The CDOT explains that these numbers may potentially be higher since distracted driving is underreported. Unlike alcohol or drug-related accidents, there is no surefire way to know if a driver was distracted when an accident occurred, especially since some choose not to admit it.
In a nationwide survey conducted by the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, 98% acknowledged that distracted driving is dangerous, but close to 75% admitted to doing it anyway. You have the right to hold these drivers accountable if you are injured in an accident due to their distracted driving.
A National Problem
Recognizing the problem that smartphones especially present, 46 states banned text messaging for all drivers. For the states that do not have this ban, they still have some restrictions on texting and the use of handheld devices. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in automobile crashes that involved distracted driving, according to the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving.
A Team with 175+ Years of Combined Experience
At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, our Denver car accident lawyers have a reputation for our compassion and exceptional representation, which is evidenced by the large verdicts and settlements we have achieved. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident by a distracted driver, it is important to have legal representation that will fight for you and do all they can for you to obtain compensation and justice. We can provide that.