Our Des Moines Attorneys Effectively Handle Distracted Driver Accidents
Holding negligent motorists accountable for the injuries they cause
A person should be focused on just one task while behind the wheel — driving. However, motorists often use their time in a car to do a variety of activities that distract them from driving, putting other drivers’ safety at risk. The Hope Law Firm, PLC takes action against Des Moines motorists whose distracted driving causes an auto accident.
What is distracted driving?
After driving for years, it may begin to feel like second nature, so motorists often take the act of driving for granted. Drivers may be distracted by the following:
- Taking their eyes off the road — looking at a text message, reading a GPS or directions, rubbernecking at an auto accident site
- Taking their hands off the wheel — dialing a cellphone, adjusting the radio, checking makeup in the mirror, eating a sandwich
- Not concentrating on driving — arguing with passengers, disciplining children, talking on a mobile phone, daydreaming
Without using their full visual, manual and cognitive faculties, distracted drivers cannot properly react to an unexpected situation and may lose control of their cars. In fact, the National Safety Council found that distracted drivers are just as likely to cause an auto accident as a driver with a BAC of .08 is to cause a drunk driving accident.
Federal and Iowa smartphone laws
Iowa statutes prohibit novice drivers from using both handheld and hands-free cellphones and bar all drivers from texting. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) places restrictions on texting and mobile phone use by truck drivers and bus drivers. Commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines and the loss of their commercial driver’s licenses for:
- Holding a phone, even with just one hand
- Dialing a phone, except when using a one-button speed- dial feature
- Reaching for a phone if it requires unbuckling the seatbelt or maneuvering out of a seated position
- Sending or receiving electronic communications
- Texting, short messaging or emailing
- Surfing the internet
- Using any form of present or future communication technology
Trucking companies are also subject to fines if their employees’ text or use cellphones while operating a commercial vehicle. Our personal injury attorneys can name the employer and the truck driver in a lawsuit involving a tractor-trailer accident.
Investigating a distracted driving case
Our firm investigates whether distracted driving contributed to an accident. To uncover reckless conduct, we subpoena phone and electronic data records to determine whether the driver was texting, talking on the phone or using the internet at the time of the auto accident.
Hold the distracted driver liable for your Des Moines car crash
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you have the right to compensation. Our personal injury lawyers have offices in Des Moines and Ankeny to serve you. We also make home and hospital visits if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. Call The Hope Law Firm, PLC at 515.255.3559 or contact our law firm online. We offer a no-risk free consultation at which we evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and potential outcomes.