Injured by  a Distracted Driver in Vancouver? Klein Lawyers is Ready to Help

Distracted driving has become a pressing national concern. A driver talking on a cell phone can be as dangerous as a drunk driver, and the resulting in a Vancouver car accident can be just as deadly.

Since 2008, every Canadian province and territory except Nunavut has restricted the use of handheld cell phones by drivers, according to the CBC.  Although the rules vary from province to province, drivers who violate them face fines, demerit points and other penalties.

Cell phones are only one source of distracted driving accidents, a problem that grows with each passing year. About 4 million North American car accidents – or eight out of every 10 accidents – involve driver distraction each year, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, don’t wait: Contact the experienced legal team at Klein Lawyers today.

Risks of Distracted Driving

The focus on handheld cell phone use by drivers is valuable to protect public health. But it also can mislead drivers into thinking that handheld devices are the only way to become distracted behind the wheel. In fact, any activity inside or outside a vehicle can distract a driver’s attention and cause a crash.

Distractions reduce a driver’s ability to drive safely in three main ways:

  • Visual distractions take a driver’s eyes off the road, causing the driver to miss signals and potential hazards.
  • Manual distractions take a driver’s hands away from the wheel, making it harder to safely control the vehicle.
  • Cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind off the road, reducing the driver’s ability to identify potential obstacles and hazards in time to avoid a crash.

The safest driving occurs when all three faculties – eyes, hands, and mind – remain on the task of driving.

Distracted Driving Accident Injuries

When one motorist becomes distracted, another driver, a passenger, a bicyclist or a pedestrian may pay the price. Injuries in a distracted driving crash can be severe, including:

  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash injuries and other soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve and muscle damage
  • Damage to organs and soft tissues, including internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries and amputations
  • “Road burn” injuries to skin

Damages in Distracted Driving Accidents

If you are hurt in a distracted driving accident, you may be eligible for compensation from the driver at fault. Here are some common types of damages that may be awarded following a distracted driving accident:

  • Compensatory damages for medical and hospital bills, medication and medical equipment costs, therapy and rehabilitation bills, lost wages and property damage.
  • Damages for pain and suffering related to the accident and injuries. In the case of a fatal accident, damages also may be available for the loss of a loved one’s care and companionship.
  • Punitive damages to punish egregious wrongdoing and send a message that extremely bad behavior will not be tolerated. However, punitive damages are not available in all cases.

Contact an Experienced Distracted Driving Lawyer Today

Distracted driving accidents are entirely avoidable. Every driver has a responsibility to do his or her part to protect others on the road. When a driver ignores this responsibility and you or someone you love is injured, don’t wait: Contact the experienced lawyers at Klein Lawyers.

We work as a team to pursue the compensation each of our clients deserves. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.