Out of all the various possible causes of car accidents, distracted drivers are the biggest culprits. It may not seem overly dangerous, but it leads to countless injuries and deaths every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three main types of driver distraction: manual, cognitive, and visual.
Manual distraction means that the driver's hands actually have left the steering wheel. This could be because they are texting, eating, or putting on makeup. Visual distraction means that the driver's eyes were not on the road. Again, this could be because they were using their cell phone or talking to someone else in the car.
Cognitive distraction means that although their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel, their mind is not focused on what they are doing. This could range from talking on the phone to emotional distress to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The aftermath of an accident can leave victims feeling unsettled, to say the least. This is not the time, however, to fall short on the responsibilities expected of you. Here are some important steps to take after an accident:
- If possible, the parties involved in a motor vehicle collision should remain on the scene long enough to trade personal and vehicle information that will later be used to file a claim with your insurance company. Write down the car make and model, year, license plate number and name and contact information of the other person involved in your accident. Report what happened to the authorities, their help and reports can strengthen your case.
- With the help of a legal professional, the circumstances surrounding the collision can be reviewed – even recreated for a more thorough assessment, if need be – and then a plan of action will be devised accordingly.
- Most legal claims regarding car accidents are made under the assumption that negligence was involved. If it can be proven that reasonable care was not taken in the events leading up to the wreck that left you or any passengers injured, legal actions will need to be taken to address the problem. Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports are often strong evidence when it comes to proving negligence.
- Once your attorney has established what led to the accident, i.e. running a red light, speeding, filing to signal, driving under the influence or disobeying traffic signs, the case can then move forward.
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Only with the proper legal attention on your side do you stand a chance of bringing to light the wrongful actions that were taken against you and working towards exposing them for what they are. A professional West Plains car accident attorney should be contacted as soon as possible after your accident, as they will be the best ones to inform you of your options, rights and the procedures that should be taken moving forward with the process.
Many victims of accidents can be awarded compensation for their property damage and personal injury, but the situation needs to be brought before the legal system before this can be the case. At Henry & Williams, P.C., we have 80+ years of combined legal experience and a history obtaining millions of dollars in restitution for our clients, earning us membership in the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums®.
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