Distracted Driving Lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi
Malouf & Malouf can help you and your family seek damages if you have been hurt by a distracted driver in Jackson, Mississippi. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
, distracted driving killed almost 20,000 people between 2012 and 2017. However, these numbers don’t include the many more individuals who suffer serious and grave injuries as a result of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a factor in almost 10% of all deadly accidents on U.S. roads and the injury risk to drivers continues to be an area of concern.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health
, approximately one-third of all Mississippi drivers have admitted to texting and driving at some point in their lives. It can be tempting to check text messages or change music while driving. Drivers are encouraged to pre-set music playlists before they drive, set GPS directions before they leave the parking lot, and if they cannot avoid picking up the phone, they should turn off their phones or put the phone in the trunk. Unfortunately, too many drivers cannot resist the temptation to text and drive, with accidents and injuries being the result
. Malouf & Malouf will go after the distracted drivers that cause accidents in Jackson, Mississippi and will work closely with individuals whose lives have been impacted by texting and driving and other types of distracted driving violations. If you or a loved one were hurt in this type of accident, you may be entitled to seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and other losses.
What Are the Types of Distracted Driving?
While texting and driving is one of the more frequently cited types of distracted driving, it is not the only way that drivers take their attention off the road. Visual distractions include checking a cell phone, or making a phone call, or taking one’s eyes off the road to look up GPS directions. Basically, anything that takes your eyes off the road could be considered a visual distraction. Manual distractions, on the other hand, include actions that take a person’s hands off the wheel. Eating while driving, texting while driving, and changing music on the radio can all be considered manual distractions. Cognitive distractions include mental distractions that take a person’s focus away from the road. Disciplining children while driving, fighting with someone in your car, or even engaging in a conversation can all be considered cognitive distractions.
Some examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting and driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup while driving
- Smoking and driving
- Changing directions in a GPS system or putting in directions into a GPS system while driving
- Searching for something inside your car while driving
- Caring for children or pets while driving
- And any other action that takes your focus off the road
What makes texting and driving so deadly is that it involves all three types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting takes a person’s hands off the wheel, it takes a person’s eyes off the road, and it takes up mental energy that is better used for driving. Driving can be dangerous, especially when it becomes routine and not taken seriously. This can result in deadly and serious accidents. If you or a loved one were hurt due to a distracted driver, you and your family may have certain rights under the law. Contact Malouf & Malouf, a personal injury lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi today to learn more. Our firm can take the time to review your case and investigate your accident to determine whether distracted driving may have played a role in your crash.
Distracted Driving Law Firm Fighting For Victims’ Rights
While distracted driving can sometimes be difficult to prove at the scene of the accident, there are several ways that a personal injury law firm like Malouf & Malouf in Jackson, Mississippi may be able to prove that texting and driving or distracted driving might have been a factor in your crash. Your lawyer may be able to use cell phone records, evidence of interaction on social media before your crash, cell tower records, or witness testimony to show that a driver may have been distracted while driving.
However, it can take time to build a strong case, and you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Malouf & Malouf are personal injury attorneys in Jackson, Mississippi
who work with distracted driving victims to help them seek the recovery they may deserve under the law. You and your family may be entitled to seek damages for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as money to repair or replace your car, as well as compensation for other losses. Contact Malouf & Malouf today for a free initial consultation.