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Savannah Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

Distracted driving presents a serious threat to drivers all over the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 3,450 people lost their lives in accidents involving distracted driving in 2016, and thousands more reported injuries. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident with a distracted driver in Savannah, you deserve fair compensation from the negligent party. Contact the attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP for a free case evaluation.

We have the experience necessary to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. Consider that:

  • Our firm has more than 30 years experience, representing clients in 30 states across the nation.
  • We are selective about the types of cases we accept, which allows us to dedicate our full attention to every client.
  • We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that our clients never owe any fees unless we win a settlement or judgment in their case.

Types of Distracted Driving

Many types of distracted driving exist. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies distracted driving as falling into one of three major categories.

  • A visual distraction involves anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road.
  • A cognitive distraction takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving. Though operating a motor vehicle often seems like second nature to most of us, it still requires brain power and concentration, which helps explain the exhaustion at the end of a long trip.
  • A manual distraction takes the driver’s hands off the wheel.

Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the task of operating a motor vehicle, whether it’s hands, mind or eyes, represents a distraction. Some kinds of distracted driving are more dangerous than others because they combine several different types of distraction. For example, public health officials widely accept that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving because it involves all three different types: A motorist takes his or her eyes off the wheel to view the text, shifts his or her attention away to read the text, and takes hands off the wheel to hold the phone.

Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving comes in many forms, but some are more common than others. Some of the most prevalent forms of distracted driving in Georgia include:

  • Texting and Driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the act of reading a text message takes about five seconds. Traveling at 55 miles per hour, a motorist can travel the length of a football field while not looking at the road.
  • Young or novice drivers. Teens are statistically more likely to be involved in accidents involving texting or other forms of distraction – in fact, distracted driving accounts for 58% of all crashes in this age group.

Distracted driving activities like texting, cell phone use, and even applying makeup led to 391,000 injuries in 2015. Victims of these accidents may be able to collect damages from an at-fault driver to compensate for their losses.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Distracted driving cases can be difficult to navigate on one’s own. For example, proving someone was texting or using a cell phone at the time of a crash often requires a subpoena of the phone company, which requires a lawyer’s assistance. This is just one way that an attorney can help you obtain fair compensation for another driver’s negligence. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident and believe that a distracted driver may be responsible, contact the Savannah attorneys at Butler Wooten and Peak LLP today to schedule a free review of your legal options.