When Technology Strikes: What To Do When Hit By A Distracted Driver

Technology has taken over just about every facet of everyday life. When used in moderation, it's an excellent tool. However, when drivers are unable to detach while behind the wheel, technology is dangerous. If you were struck by a driver who was using their cell phone, tablet, or another device, make sure you know what to do.

Make a note of Their Device Usage

The best, and less stressful, personal injury claims are those that have plenty of evidence. It's up to you to provide as much of this evidence as you can and not to expect that all the information and details surrounding the accident will be uncovered without your help.

If you noticed that the driver was using a device at the time of the accident and you failed to note this on the police report, make sure you speak up and share this information with your insurance company or attorney. There are ways to go back and trace their usage to the time of the accident, but this can only be done if you speak up.   

Know It's Intentional Negligence

It's important for all victims who experience an accident under these circumstances to understand that the driver who caused the incident was operating under intentional negligence. Whenever a driver sits behind the wheel, they are taking on an obligation to operate their vehicle safely.

When a driver chooses to glance down at their smartphone even just to send a quick text, they are reneging on this obligation and thought to be acting with intentional negligence. Drivers who receive this label may have a higher cost to pay for any property damage or physical injuries sustained by the victim.

Stay on Top of Medical Treatment

Even though the negligent actions of the other driver are too blame for any injuries you have sustained, you must stay on top of your medical treatment. When you fail to do so, you can take your claim from a solid standing to shaky ground.

The reason for this is that you give the other party the opportunity to question the validity of your injuries if you aren't even willing to have them treated correctly. They may also argue that your unwillingness to follow the orders of the physician is in part to blame for your condition. 

When it comes to accident claims, swift action is important. Take the time to seek medical treatment and speak with a law firm like Fitzsimmons & Vervaecke Law Firm as soon as possible to ensure you're not jeopardizing your claim.