While people have always been distracted while driving since the beginning of automobile travel, distracted driving is now the leading cause of car accidents here in the United States, even surpassing driving while under the influence of alcohol. In fact, the Federal Communication Commission has stated that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving. This is unacceptable, and despite the various rules and regulations in place across the United States to deter motorists from texting while driving, these accidents still occur on a daily basis. If you have recently been injured in an accident by a distracted driver, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about texting while driving accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do after being injured in an accident with someone who was texting while driving?
If you are injured in a car accident with a motorist who was texting while driving, you should take the following steps to increase your chances of winning a future personal injury claim:
- Call the police to the scene of the accident.
- Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information, and keep the conversation to a minimum.
- Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Ensure you receive immediate medical treatment and ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all additional evidence to prove your claim, such as surveillance footage of your accident and the cell phone records of the other motorist to prove that he or she was using his or her cell phone at the time of your accident.
How long will I have to take legal action after being injured in a car accident in Washington D.C.?
After an accident, it is critical that you take legal action against the liable driver as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, which means that in most cases, you must file your personal injury claim within three years of the date of your accident. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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