Texting While Driving (Distracted Driving)
At Klein Lawyers, our Vancouver car accident lawyer team has gained a reputation for getting results. We take on injury accident cases in which the negligent vehicle operator was texting while driving. This dangerous every day habit has become widespread in our culture, and although teen drivers may be more prone to text while behind the wheel, older drivers have also fallen into the habit. There are few more dangerous types of driving behaviour than texting while driving. The activity creates an exceptionally dangerous situation, as all three types of driver distraction are occurring simultaneously:
- Manual Distraction – Hands off the Wheel.
- Visual Distraction – Eyes off the Road Ahead.
- Cognitive Distraction – Mental Attention Focused on Reading or Writing.
Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada: Our Car Accident Lawyers
Our firm has the honour of being listed in Best Lawyers in Canada, as well as being awarded a Global Law Experts 2014 Practice Award Winner for an appellate law firm in Canada. You can trust us to know what we are doing when we take on a texting while driving case. How your ICBC claim is handled is an important factor in the final settlement offered.
ICBC texting and driving statistics reveal that distracted driving is the second leading cause of fatal injury accidents on the roads, streets and highways in B.C. The CAA reports that mobile devices are one of the most common distractions and that drivers who engage in sending a text message on a cell phone while driving are 23 times more likely to get involved in a car crash when measured against other drivers. If you were injured by a driver who rear-ended you, there is a high possibility that the driver was engaged in texting. Gathering evidence to prove that he or she was engaged in texting may be necessary. A driver who is swerving within lanes and sideswipes you may not admit fault – getting access to cellphone records can be the most important piece of information for your injury case.
ICBC Settlements in Texting While Driving Cases
Accidents caused by a texting driver often lead to very serious injuries or death. The ICBC claim you submit must include all of the relevant information so you have the opportunity to recover as much as possible, based upon what happened to you. Some of the damages paid in a claim include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Earnings
- Property Damage
- Associated Costs Related to the Injuries
- Property Damage
The amount paid to you will reflect the degree of the injuries and other damages in your case. When a very serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or disfiguring injury is the result of a motorized vehicle operator who was texting while driving, the consequences will be lifelong. Our firm is committed to helping you with your ICBC claim, and is ready to pursue the maximum possible for you. Fill out our online form if you were injured in an accident with a texting driver in Vancouver or any community or rural area in B.C. Call now.
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