Talking to Passenger
Drivers owe you a duty of care to stay alert and drive safely. Unfortunately, distracted driving is incredibly common and frequently causes accidents and serious injuries. If you were injured by a driver who was distracted by talking to their passengers, our team of auto accident lawyers are here to help you seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
How Conversations Distract Drivers
Whether it’s arguing with a partner, talking to children about their day at school, or simply discussing the weather with a friend in the car, this is a form of distracted driving that can cause car accidents. In fact, research from the University of Michigan shows that talking to passengers can affect driving just as much as talking on a cell phone.
Holding a conversation with someone takes a lot of mental power, which can create cognitive distractions while driving. According to the American Council on Science and Health, talking with a passenger while driving negatively impacts reaction times, lane positions, speed, and following distance between cars. All of these issues can lead to car accidents that can result in damage, injury, and death.
Talking while driving isn’t illegal, but it can seriously impact a driver’s ability to focus on the road. It’s a driver’s responsibility to remain distraction-free and make sure they pay attention to the road. Therefore, if a driver is distracted by a conversation with a passenger and they cause an accident, they may be considered negligent by the law. If you were injured by a distracted driver, consider hiring an auto accident lawyer for your case.
How Do Auto Accident Lawyers Help with Distracted Driving Cases?
In every car accident case, you must prove that the other driver acted negligently. All drivers on the road have a duty of care to drive as safely as possible to prevent car accidents. If a driver takes part in distracted driving, even if the distraction is technically legal, this can be considered negligence and proof of fault.
Auto accident lawyers offer legal experience to help you build a case for your claim. If you believe the at-fault driver was distracted by their passengers, it’s important to discuss this detail with your attorney. Finding evidence for these types of claims can be difficult, but your attorney can help you explore different options for proving the other driver’s negligence. Security footage, witness statements, or even statements from the driver themself can be valuable proof for your case.
In addition to helping you build your case, your attorney can also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Reaching a settlement generally involves a lot of back and forth with insurance adjusters, and many adjusters use tactics to try to reduce the value of your claim. Our attorneys advocate for you so you can focus on healing from your accident.
Our team at Maida Law Firm offers results-based legal guidance for your personal injury cases. We have helped countless accident victims receive compensation for their injuries and damages. If we don’t help you recover compensation, you don’t owe us a penny. Contact us now for a free legal evaluation for your car accident case.