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July 10, 2018

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

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Posted in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Related News

Those who get behind the wheel of a car every day as they travel from home to wherever they need to go, may be aware of the potential dangers but still believe they are invincible. Not every driver operates a vehicle with safety in mind either. While there are many ways a driver can cause a devastating accident, there is one that may be at the top of the list: texting and driving. Texting has become one of the most common ways we communicate with each other. It is a quick way to send a message without the pressure of having to respond right away. But, the time it takes to read or type a message is plenty long enough to result in a crash.

Here in the article below, we have answered a few questions about texting and driving, and why you may want to see an attorney, like a personal injury lawyer relies on, if you are involved in a collision.

What should I do if a driver hits me due to texting and driving?

If you or a loved one is ever involved in an accident because someone was texting, call the police and request an ambulance so your injuries can be tended to right away. Some people do not see their doctor until days or even weeks after an accident, which could cause their injuries to worsen. The police officer can take over the situation, while your injuries receive the necessary care.

What if I have unpaid medical bills as a result of the accident?

You can look into suing the driver at-fault for your injuries, in order to receive the compensation you need to pay medical bills. You may have experienced other losses as well, including losing pay from missing work to get better and vehicle repairs. You may want to schedule an appointment with an attorney for more information about your legal options. Until then, you can start gathering the following details to get ready for your consultation:

  • A copy of the official incident report taken by officer
  • Any receipts from out-of-pocket medical expenses related to accident injuries
  • The driver’s information (name, phone number, address, insurance company, driver’s license number, car make and model, and license plate number.
  • Any photographs taken at the scene, vehicle damages or visible injuries
  • Outstanding medical bills that have yet to be paid
  • Witness contact information (if any)
  • Estimates regarding vehicle damage repairs
  • Paperwork stating loss of pay due to missing work for healing
  • Doctor’s exams, diagnostics, tests & prescription medication

Why is it that texting and driving is so common in today’s society?

We may be more attached to our cell phones nowadays more than ever before, due to the ever-continuing advancement of technology. Our cell phones now enable us to perform tasks such as paying bills, watching movies, listening to music, playing video games, writing work emails, taking pictures, and more. We may use our phones so often because it provides us what we need to go about our daily lives.

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