Knoxville Distracted Driving Accidents
It is estimated that over 660,000 people drive across the United States while using electronic devices each day. Pair that with recent studies showing that when a driver sends or reads a text message, it takes the driver’s eyes off of the road for approximately 4.6 seconds – the equivalent of traveling the length of an entire football field – and it is no wonder that distracted driving produces similar effects to being under the influence of alcohol, such as impaired judgment. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Knoxville distracted driving accident attorneys can help guide you through the legal process after your wreck, a process that can be technical and complex. Over the past 25 years, NST has grown into the largest personal injury law firm based firm in Tennessee, and we have the resources to give your case the individual attention it needs.Proving Liability for Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
To explain how prevalent distracted driving has become, there were 24,743 distracted driving accidents on Tennessee streets and interstates in 2016 alone. That figure is an increase of more than 130% from 2010. Each and every day, more and more distracted drivers are traveling through the Knoxville area putting you and the others around you at risk. Throughout the state, distracted driving accounted for nearly 12% of all car crashes in 2016, with an average of 28 people being injured each day as a result.
Under Tennessee law, no person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway while using a hand-held mobile telephone or hand-held personal digital assistant to transmit or read a written message. A violation of this law results in a misdemeanor and a fine. Moreover, in addition to the fine, a person who violates this law as a first offense will be required to attend and complete a driver education course provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Distracted driving accidents are usually the result of the negligent actions of a driver paying attention to something other than the road, whether it is a cell phone, radio, or food. A distracted driving accident lawyer in Knoxville can advocate for your side, arguing that had the driver not succumbed to the distraction, the accident would have been avoided. As with any auto accident case in or around Knoxville, the injured party must establish the four elements of negligence to establish liability and potentially recover monetary damages. First, it must be determined that the driver owed you a duty to drive safely. This is usually the easiest to prove. Second, it must be proven that the driver failed to meet that duty – i.e. driving unsafely and causing the collision. Third, you must show that the other party’s failure to meet that duty was the direct and proximate cause of your injuries. Lastly, you must prove that you suffered actual damages as a result of the distracted driver’s actions. This can be proven by medical proof and expert testimony, among other forms of evidence.
Glancing down to check your phone for a text may seem like a relatively harmless behavior, but distracted driving accidents are known to cost lives. Fatal accidents are more common in Knoxville relative to the population than in Tennessee overall, and this has been true in every year since 2010. Two of the three most dangerous days of the week are Saturdays and Sundays, when drivers may feel more relaxed behind the wheel and may pay less attention to their surroundings. The time taken away by a distraction may be particularly lethal for people on I-40, I-140, I-275, I-640, and other highways on which drivers travel at faster speeds.
Discuss Your Distracted Driving Accident Case with a Knoxville Attorney
Taking one’s attention off of the road may result in severe injuries or death. Just a few seconds of looking down at one’s phone can cause a catastrophic injury which could permanently affect you or your loved one’s life. Those injured by a distracted driver should contact the Knoxville distracted driving accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We represent people injured in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.