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distracted driving in wisconsin

Recovering Damages from a Distracted Driver

Distracted Driving is more than texting

Anyone paying attention to news in recent years has heard about the dangers of texting and driving. This is part of a much larger problem: distracted driving. This can include not only trying to text on the road, but also eating, drinking coffee, putting on makeup, or turning to talk to others in the car. If a distracted driver has caused an auto accident, you are entitled to recover damages.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

On the highway, vehicles are moving at speeds over 60 or 70 miles per hour. It does not take much distraction at those speeds to create an accident, whether running into a slowed vehicle or veering out of a traffic lane. Even in slower city traffic in a downtown area like Madison, crowded streets leave little room for drivers to look away and recover.

Unfortunately, distractions loom everywhere. Leaning over to sip a coffee or turning to look at something on the side of the road can lead to an accident. If you are driving around a distracted driver, it can leave you helpless to avoid an accident.

Recovering Damages from a Distracted Driver

People are injured every day by distracted drivers. If this happens, you may have trouble getting the person to admit fault. You don’t see what is distracting them most of the time, so you may feel like you have to rely on that person being honest about the distraction that caused the accident.

There are tools your attorney can use. The police report may yield some information about the cause of the accident. In addition, after you bring a suit against the other driver, your attorney can use the discovery process to request phone records, depose the other driver, and investigate the real cause. Working with the experienced team at Eisenberg Law Offices can help you get the answers as to what happened, and recover damages for injuries a distracted driver caused you.