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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents or injury in the United States. Though we do it every day, driving has the potential to be incredibly dangerous. It only takes one moment of distraction or lack of attention to cause what may be a possibly fatal accident. If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Rafi Law Group, PLLC, want to fight on your behalf.

The hazards and risks of distracted driving are very real, and these accidents occur more often than you may think. While young people are more likely to engage in this dangerous driving practice, distractions are present for everyone. Staying focused and concentrated while behind the wheel is essential for your safety, as well as the safety of all others on the road.

The following are common examples of distracted driving, including but not limited to:

  • Talking to passengers
  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Fiddling with controls on the dashboard, such as radio, GPS, and more
  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup or other forms of grooming
  • Adjusting mirror settings or changing the temperature
  • Reading
  • Watching videos

Accidents Caused by Texting

Cell phones have improved our lives immeasurably—but they’ve also created a new road hazard. A senate bill passed in March of 2019 made it illegal statewide to use a cell phone or electronic device while driving unless it’s on hands-free mode. Though police can’t write tickets and levy fines until 2021, anyone pulled over after that date will have to pay at least $75 for their unsafe habits.

Until then, Arizona drivers will have to hope the existence of the law is enough to deter drivers from shooting off a text while behind the wheel. Though tapping out a message seems quick and easy, drivers tend to underestimate the impact. It takes an average of five seconds to read or respond to a text message; if you’re on the highway, you’ll travel more than the length of a football field in that time. That’s plenty of time for an accident to happen. If it happens to you, do you have a plan to prove the other driver was distracted at the time?

Unsafe Drivers Are Everywhere

More states are passing laws to cull cell phone use by drivers and, thankfully, they are having an impact. However, almost 3% of Americans used handheld phones while driving in 2017; even 3% of hundreds of millions of drivers is enough to put us in danger. Around 1 in every 50 drivers was seen using a phone in 2017. With the amount of driving most of us do in a typical week, we surely pass many drivers who are more focused on their device than on the road.

Last year, nearly 250,000 car accidents caused by distracted driving happened in Arizona. The good news is that most were non-fatal. However, when accidents with large vehicles and/or high speeds happen, the victims may suffer serious, sometimes even catastrophic, injury.

Proving Liability

Drivers might not admit that they were using a phone or electronic device at the time of a crash, but if they were distracted by one when they hit you, an attorney can help you gather proof. The at-fault party’s phone records may show sent or received texts near the time of your accident, or witnesses may have spotted them looking down or messing with phone controls right before they hit you. Distracted drivers know they shouldn’t be doing what they are, but they put all of us in danger. Our attorneys are here to help you hold these people accountable for any harms they cause you.

Contact Our Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a distracted driver, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers have the resources necessary to fight on your behalf. Rafi Law Group, PLLC is comprised of dedicated, compassionate, and skilled individuals who have a wealth of experience and education in the legal realm. For legal care, counsel, and representation regarding obtaining the financial compensation you deserve, look no further than our firm.

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team by calling us at (623) 207-1555 or using our online contact form.

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