Seattle Distracted Driving Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When on the road, you expect every driver to be alert and acting in a manner that ensures every other driver’s safety. While you may be a shining example of such a driver, others may not be. Distracted drivers put their own lives – and the lives of others – at great risk, oftentimes simply to send a text or check a social media account.
If you or a loved one are negatively affected by the behavior of a distracted driver, you could face a growing pile of medical bills, car repairs, or worse – funeral costs.
You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake. At The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee, we take pride in providing unmatched legal representation for victims who have suffered a distracted driving motorcycle accident in the Seattle metro area. We work diligently to help them secure the compensation they need to cover the costs of returning back to a satisfactory quality of life.
If a distracted driver has injured you or someone you love, you have the right to seek out compensation through civil court. Contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee today at (206) 899-5415 to set up your FREE legal consultation.
What Exactly is Distracted Driving?
In its basic definition, distracted driving occurs when a driver operating a motor vehicle is simultaneously engaging in another activity that takes their focus off the road. This behavior can lead to collisions that cause serious injury, or worse.
These kinds of distractions generally fall into three different categories. They are:
- Visual Attention – This category encompasses distractions that can lead to you taking your eyes off of the road. Taking your eyes off the road to speak with a friend, looking down at your phone to text or surf the Internet, reading a map, or looking at a mirror to apply makeup all fit as perfect examples of visual attention distractions. If your gaze is taken off of the road for just a few seconds because of any of the above distractions while driving at high speeds, that could translate to you traveling hundreds of yards without looking at the road in front of you.
- Mental Attention (a.k.a. Cognitive Attention) – This category refers to when your mind is too preoccupied to focus on driving. Prime examples of this category would be driving with very little sleep, driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and even overthinking. Usually, reaction timing and judgment are affected if your mental attention is decreased.
- Manual Attention – This category refers to the removal of the driver’s hands from the wheel. This could mean a simple reach for a cell phone, eating lunch with one hand on the wheel, or any other action that takes the hands away from the wheel and decreases reaction time to obstacles in the road or increases the risk of drifting into another lane.
Regardless of the type of distraction that the other driver committed, you may qualify for compensation depending on the severity of your injuries and/or the degree of negligence or maliciousness the other driver committed.
The Seattle distracted driving motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are eager to represent your claim in civil court. Call our office today at (206) 899-5415 to get started with a FREE consultation.
Distracted Driving by the Numbers
According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), texting while driving increases the risk of a collision by 23 fold in comparison to driving without texting.
The institute also states that the average amount of time that a person takes his or her eyes off of the road to look at their phone screen is around 4.6 seconds. That means that if someone was traveling around 55 miles per hour, the vehicle would have traveled the length of a football field blind. During that time, the driver could have struck another vehicle, pedestrian, road fixture, or motorcyclist.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 3,166 people lost their lives in 2017 in this manner. Between the years 2012 and 2017, approximately 20,000 people involved in distracted driving crashes have died. In fact, 9.5 percent of all fatal crashes during that time involved a distracted driver.
What Should I Do if I Were Injured by a Driver Who was Distracted Driving?
First, you should always seek out medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t feel hurt, you may have sustained an injury and its effects may take a few days to manifest. A trip to the hospital will help to document the injuries you have suffered, the severity of these injuries, and how they can affect your quality of life. This documentation will prove to be vital should you choose to file a personal injury claim.
Following your accident, it is also very important to contact your local police department. The policeman who attends your accident will create a police report which provides details of the incident. This document will help to prove who the liable party is. You will want to secure this police report as soon as it is completed.
Lastly, you will want to recruit an experienced distracted driving accident attorney like those at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee. While it can be difficult to prove how the other driver acted negligently, our compassionate and dedicated team can help to uncover the facts of your incident. We will provide the due diligence your case deserves to help you secure the recovery you need to begin healing.
Typical Injuries Sustained From a Distracted Driving Motorcycle Accident
Distracted driving is the cause of a multitude of different injuries that range from minor to grievous. Throughout our years of representation, we have seen clients involved in distracted driving accidents sustain injuries such as:
- Cuts and Lacerations – Broken glass, steering wheel impact, or deployed airbags can cause cuts and lacerations in a distracted driving accident.
- Broken Bones – Impact forces from hitting other vehicles, the road, or road fixtures can cause these types of injuries.
- Shoulder and Neck Injuries – Injuries like whiplash are not an uncommon injury to sustain in a distracted driving accident, especially if you are struck from behind or head-on.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Sudden traumatic blow to the back of the head or spine can damage the spinal column, vertebrae, and their discs, possibly resulting in paraplegia.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Concussions from such sudden blows or whiplash sustained in a distracted driving accident can cause TBIs that can affect the victim for the rest of their life.
- Organ Injury – If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, swelling, and localized pain after your motorcycle accident, you may have sustained organ injury.
- Amputation – It isn’t uncommon for a distracted driving accident to cause victims to lose a limb that has been crushed or amputated.
No injury sustained in a distracted driving accident is trivial. Because motorcycles offer riders very little protection, it is important that you seek out medical care immediately after your accident.
Why Choose the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee?
It is unfortunate that these types of preventable accidents occur. But because they do, an experienced legal team aimed at combating the resulting damages exists.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee is dedicated to helping motorcyclists rebuild after suffering from a devastating distracted driving accident. We fight to help you earn maximum compensation to cover the physical, emotional, property, and psychological damages you have suffered.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee, we deliver unparalleled customer service and attention by:
- Thoroughly investigating your claim.
- Having clear and open communication with you.
- Collecting strong evidence.
- Handling communication with your insurance company.
- Negotiating for the best settlement possible.
- Taking your trial to court if necessary.
- Successfully litigating your claim in court.
We are precise in our execution and honor our commitment to you.
Contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee today at (206) 899-5415 to set up your FREE legal consultation.