Distracted drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Several recent studies suggest drivers using their phones on the road are more dangerous than any driver who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is a staggering and sobering statistic. With so many ways to drive while distracted, it’s not uncommon for accidents to occur because someone is not watching the road. Texting, perusing the internet, taking selfies, posting to social media, and even changing movies or helping kids get snacks from the back seat are all common forms of distracted driving, and it rarely ends well for those who are victims of this type of driver.
If you’re involved in an accident because someone else was too distracted to drive properly, you want to know what you should do. It’s not uncommon for you to find yourself confused and unsure how to handle a situation like this. There is a specific order of business involved in an accident such as this one.
Contact the Police
The first thing to do when a distracted driver hits you is call the police. Never assume someone else is calling on your behalf, and make the call. Provide your location, the details of the accident, and follow the instructions given to you by the operator. Sometimes this involves providing specific information, not touching passengers who appear to be injured, and even getting out and away from the vehicle.
Gather Appropriate Information
Now that the police are on their way, it’s time for you to gather the information they’ll need. You want your license, your vehicle registration, and a recent copy of your insurance card. Now is also a good time to take your phone out and snap pictures of the accident from any and every angle possible so you can have them if you need them later. If there are witnesses stopped to help, ask them to provide their statements to the police so you can be sure the truth is being relayed to them at the time of your police report filing.
Seek Medical Attention
Medical attention might not seem necessary if you don’t see blood or feel hurt, but it’s always a good idea. Many injuries associated with car accidents are invisible. You won’t see them right away, and it could take days to begin to feel them. Injuries such as whiplash could take weeks to appear, and other internal injuries only get worse as the time passes. It’s a good idea to have yourself checked out to eliminate the possibility of any internal injuries or other issues. The sooner they’re caught, the faster your doctor can treat them. This could be the difference between easy treatment and a lot of pain and more serious treatment.
Call an Attorney
There are always going to be distracted drivers not willing to take responsibility for their accident. They don’t want a ticket, they don’t want their insurance premiums to go up, and some simply don’t want to get in any trouble. If this is the situation you’re involved in, contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the muddy waters associated with a distracted driving case if the other driver is denying liability, if you are seriously injured, or if your life is forever changed as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Not every distracted driver accident is a worst-case scenario, but many drivers are unwilling to handle their own business by denying liability so they can avoid the stress that goes along with their accident. It’s time to contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney to ensure your rights are being offered, and to help you navigate the paperwork, forms, and other issues that come up as a result of this accident.