Louisiana bans texting while driving for all drivers. Handheld cell phone use is banned in school zones and by younger drivers. However, many drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving. Sadly, cell phone use can cause a tragic car accident.
Consequences of Cell Phone Use While Driving
Cell phone use continues to be one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Even the use of hands-free cell phones can cause a distraction for a driver. The driver’s mind is not on the task of driving. Instead of paying attention to the road, the driver is paying more attention to the conversation, thereby increasing the risk of a traffic accident.
When the driver needs to make a call, the drive may remove one or both hands from the steering wheel. The driver’s eyes are not on the road ahead. These distractions also increase the chance of an accident.
The consequences of a distracted driving accident can be catastrophic. The damages and losses caused by the crash can be devastating for the individual and the family. In some cases, a cell phone-related car crash can result in permanent disabilities, which can alter a person’s life forever.
Common injuries sustained in distracted driving accidents include:
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Chest Injuries
- Internal Bleeding and Organ Damage
- Burns and Scarring
The cost of treating injuries can be significant. Additionally, the victim may be out of work for an extended period while recovering from injuries.
Who Is Responsible for Damages Caused by a Distracted Driver?
A driver who causes a traffic accident while using a cell phone can be liable for injuries, damages, and losses caused by the crash. Examples of damages caused by distracted driving accident include:
- The cost of medical care and treatment;
- The expenses related to personal care and in-home health care;
- Therapy, including physical, occupational, and vocational therapies;
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Disabilities and permanent impairment;
- Emotional and mental trauma;
- Counseling and mental health therapy;
- Loss of quality of life;
- Loss of past and future income and benefits; and,
- Decreases in earning capacity.
The value of damages depends on the facts of the case. However, a victim can seek full compensation from a distracted driver.
Holding a Driver Accountable After an Accident
The first step is to investigate the car accident to determine how the crash occurred and prove that the driver caused the accident. Our New Orleans car accident lawyers can help you with the investigation. We gather evidence to proving fault, including subpoenaing cell phone records. Our legal staff may interview witnesses and search for videos of the accident.
We handle every aspect of your personal injury claim. Our lawyers identify the liable parties and insurance coverage. We file the insurance claims and handle communications with the insurance company so you can focus on healing. Our skilled lawyers negotiate the best possible settlement for your claim. If the insurance company does not negotiate a fair settlement, we are prepared to file a lawsuit, if necessary.
Contact Our New Orleans Car Accident Lawyers
Contact Attorney Fred Olinde and the legal team at The Olinde Firm to discuss your car accident claim. Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys in New Orleans.