Distracted Driving and Drunk Driving
Our Springfield Injury Attorney Finds Justice for Victims
Distracted driving has emerged as one of the leading causes of car and truck accidents. The use of cell phones, smartphones and GPS devices have led drivers failing to pay attention to the road. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that a person is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car wreck if texting while driving, and has started a national public awareness campaign to inform people of the dangers of this unfortunate practice. Springfield car accident attorney David W. Ransin has been litigating auto accident cases for victims and their families for 30 years, and he is dedicated to producing results for his clients.
The Many Forms of Distracted Driving
Texting while driving is often cited as the worst kind of distracted driving, as it utilizes a person’s hands, eyes and mind instead of holding the wheel and looking and concentrating on the road. However, there are other forms of distracted driving that is also responsible for car crashes, including:
- Passenger distractions
- Adjusting the radio or music
- Eating while driving
- Grooming or putting on make-up
- Looking at maps or a GPS device
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration cites that in 2009, 20 percent of auto wrecks were caused by forms of distracted driving, and 16 percent of fatal car accidents were caused by distracted driving. Motorcyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to sever personal injuries caused by other drivers’ distractions.
Substance Use and Drunk Driving
Auto wrecks caused by drunk or intoxicated drivers can lead to catastrophic accidents and wrongful death. Police should arrest the driver and the state, through the prosecuting attorney’s office, will decide whether to criminally prosecute the perpetrator. However, the prosecutor does not represent the victims of the drunk driver and the prosecutor does not collect compensation for the victim’s injuries, hospital bills, lost wages, and other damages.
A personal injury lawyer in Missouri must file a civil case against any driver who causes harm to another person because he or she decided drive while under the influence of intoxicants. Drunk driving auto accident kill, and they have the potential to cause serious injuries to innocent victims, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, which may require rehabilitation and long-term care.
If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident with a distracted driver or a drunk driver and suffered a serious personal injury as a result, Ransin Injury Law is dedicated to obtaining results and compensation for victims. Our firm utilizes the latest computer technology and team of accident experts to recreate the scene of the accident to prove fault by the other driver in a court of law. Contact our Springfield car accident lawyer today for a free consultation and evaluation of the merits of your case.