Hurt in a Distracted Driving Crash?
Attorney Zach Herschensohn will fight for you
Whether you were injured in a car crash with a driver eating their drive-thru dinner or hurt in a collision because of someone texting while driving, attorney Zach Herschensohn can pursue the financial compensation you deserve so that you don’t get left to cover the cost of an accident caused by someone else. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has obtained millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and has experience winning complex cases involving distracted driving. Give yourself the upper hand with an experienced Kent car accident lawyer. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Some people might call it multitasking – but doing anything that takes your full attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. Every year in Washington state, more than 450 people are killed in car accidents, and about a third of these crashes involve a distracted driver. While 7 out of 10 distracted driving collisions can be traced back to cellphone use, there are other ways for drivers to lose their concentration.
Some common examples of distracted driving other than cellphone use include:
- Eating or drinking
- Listening to loud music
- Talking to passengers
- Rubbernecking (e.g. looking away from the road to observe an accident)
- Adjusting the radio or GPS
- Reading a map
- Personal grooming (brushing your hair, putting on makeup, shaving, flossing, brushing your teeth, etc.)
- Reaching for something
- Daydreaming or being lost in thought
Recent studies have shown that distracted drivers are four times more likely to be killed in a car accident compared to those who are paying full attention to the road. In Washington state, about a quarter of serious accidents are caused by distracted driving. Of course, that doesn’t stop some people from doing it anyway.
That’s why it’s so critical to hold distracted drivers accountable. They have another option: find a place to park or pull over. Instead, they choose to keep driving, putting others at risk. If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving crash, it’s important to remember that you have rights, and attorney Zach Herschensohn can protect those rights.
What are the different types of distraction?
Distracted driving can fall into three different categories:
- Visual: Anything that takes your eyes off the road is a visual distraction. Common forms of visual distraction include other passengers, electronic devices, looking at yourself in the mirror, and looking at things on the side of the road (rubbernecking), such as car accidents and pedestrians.
- Manual: A manual distraction is anything that requires you to take your hands off the steering wheel. Food and drink are common examples of manual distractions, but other culprits include electronic devices, maps, and cigarettes.
- Cognitive: This means your mind isn’t fully focused on your driving – whether because you’re doing something else that requires mental effort, or simply daydreaming or lost in thought. Driving safely means you need to be alert and fully aware of what’s happening around you, not just going through the motions.
It’s important to realize how various activities distract us in different ways while we’re driving. That’s why texting and driving is so dangerous – because it falls under all three categories of distracted driving. Not only do you need to look at your cellphone to send or read a text, you have to take a hand off the steering wheel to hold your phone or type and take your mind off your driving to think about what you’ve read or are going to send. In fact, the cognitive aspect of distraction can linger for a minute or two after you’re done sending a text, so even if your eyes are back on the road and your hands are back on the wheel, you’re still at elevated risk.
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Cases involving distracted driving accidents can be complicated, so you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your rights. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to get injury victims to accept minimal compensation, and in distracted driving cases, they sometimes try to say you’re at least partially to blame even though they know that’s not true. They do this because they know the average person will have a hard time gathering evidence to prove otherwise.
You don’t need to settle for less. Zach Herschensohn is a skilled negotiator who knows how to deal with the insurance company and build a strong case on your behalf. On the other side of the coin, he’s also a respected and experienced trial attorney. That means, whether it’s through a fair settlement or verdict, he’ll fight to get you the compensation you’re entitled to.
Best of all, you pay nothing unless we win. That’s because our law firm works for clients on a contingency fee basis – meaning you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. See how Herschensohn Law Firm can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.