Albuquerque Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
No matter how carefully you pay attention to the road when driving, there will always be factors out of your control. One of the most serious problems, which has been on the rise for the past few years, is distracted driving. Distracted driving crashes are particularly devastating because we know how easily they could have been prevented.
Whether you have been hurt by a driver who was talking on the phone or distracted in any other way, our skilled car accident attorneys are here to help. We have extensive experience successfully recovering compensation for people who have been hurt in distracted driving accidents, and we will review the details of your case for free. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What Is Considered Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is driving while trying to do something else at the same time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is one of the worst distractions because sending or reading a text can take drivers’ eyes off the road for 5 seconds. If a driver is going 55 miles an hour, he or she could cover the length of a football field while looking at a text for 5 seconds.
Distracted driving includes driving while:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Adjusting the GPS
- Eating or drinking
- Watching a video
- Tending to passengers or pets in the vehicle
The examples of distracted driving activities are practically endless. However, it may help to think about what activities may be distracting by considering the three kinds of distracted driving, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Visual, which involves any activity that takes your eyes off the road
- Manual, which includes any activity that takes your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive, which includes any activity that takes your mind off of driving
If you have been hurt in a crash and suspect the driver who hit you was distracted, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney right away. Contact our Albuquerque distracted driving accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation and discuss your options for pursuing the compensation you need to heal.
Distracted Driving Laws in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Although there is no statewide ban on using a hand-held phone while driving in New Mexico, there are several regulations that aim to curb distracted driving:
- People can be ticketed and fined for a distracted driving offense. The fine increases for subsequent violations.
- Novice drivers cannot talk on a cellphone or text while driving, whether they are using a hands-free device or not.
- It is illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving in the city of Albuquerque. Other New Mexico cities have passed their own ordinances against distracted driving, as well.
After a distracted driving accident, our attorneys will use every piece of evidence to build a strong case for compensation. This includes police accident reports from the scene and tickets that the at-fault driver received for distracted driving.
Let Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver ─ whether as another driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist ─ give us a call today. Our dedicated legal team is here to help you.
At Parnall Law, our skilled distracted driving accident attorneys will demand the maximum compensation you need to move forward with your life. This could include payment for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Time missed from work
- Damage to your vehicle
- Other expenses incurred as a result of your accident
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Our ultimate goal is to help you get back on your feet and be fairly compensated for your losses. Our auto accident lawyers are experienced and aggressive advocates who will not back down from negotiations with insurance companies. We will arm ourselves with the facts of your case and consult with independent experts to determine exactly how much compensation you will need to recover. And we will be prepared to take your case to court if necessary.
Call today to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation. At Parnall Law, we do not charge any fees to get started on your distracted driving accident case. Instead, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only collect legal fees if and when we recover compensation for you.