Huntsville Distracted Driving Accidents Attorney
Distracted driving is an epidemic in the United States. Nearly 20% of all crashes are estimated to be caused by distracted driving, but at-fault drivers rarely admit they were distracted.
If you are the victim of a high-speed rear end accident, the other driver was likely distracted by a cell phone and possibly texting and driving. In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers. Many of these deaths are the result of cell phone accidents caused by texting and driving.
Cell Phone Use and Car Accidents
Cell phone accidents are often caused by distracted drivers who take their eyes off the roadway in front of them. Cell phone accidents can result in serious injuries, or even death. Drivers who are responsible for cell phone accidents can be liable for punitive damages under Alabama law or even charged with manslaughter.
In 2016, an Alabama jury convicted a distracted driver of manslaughter as the result of a cell phone accident that resulted in the death of an innocent driver.
Even though many car accidents are caused by texting and driving, drivers rarely admit that they were distracted by their cell phones. However, there are ways to prove that a driver was on their cell phone.
For example, the car accidents lawyers at Garnett & Patterson frequently subpoena cell phone records to determine the other driver’s cell phone usage in the moments leading up to the car wreck. Occasionally, our car accident lawyers even require the other driver to produce their cell phone for complete forensics download. This usually occurs in catastrophic injury cases or wrongful death cases.
If you are the victim of a cell phone accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages and punitive damages. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to help you obtain the justice you deserve and hold the at-fault driver accountable. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation to see if we are the right law firm for you.