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Distracted Driving Accidents

West Virginia attorneys fighting for you

Distracted driving is dangerous behavior that often leads to an accident that leaves people seriously injured. But negligent drivers may deny responsibility, and insurance companies will try to keep the amount of any payment to you as low as possible. The Charleston car accident attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC fight for the rights of people hurt by distracted drivers.

The definition of distracted driving is taking part in any activity that diverts attention away from the road. The most common example is using a cell phone to talk or text while driving. But it also includes eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video or adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player.

When people choose to drive distracted, they endanger themselves and others. When their negligence causes a car accident, they need to be held responsible for the harm they cause. If it can be shown that a person's distracted driving caused your crash, that person may be liable for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

Experienced trial attorneys on your side

Our firm believes in preparing cases for trial. This gives us leverage when we enter negotiations for a full and fair settlement with the insurance companies. As we establish a case based on distracted driving, we may turn to evidence such as:

  • Cell phone records that indicate what a driver was doing just before a collision
  • Data from any other electronic devices used by the driver such as a GPS or iPod
  • Eyewitness accounts that corroborate the fact that the driver was distracted (for example, he or she was talking with passengers)
  • Social media activity that indicates whether posts were made while driving
  • Crash scene photos showing a lack of brake marks or other steps to avoid impact, suggesting the distracted driver never even saw your car
  • Food wrappers, drink cups or other evidence of what the driver was doing

A distracted driving crash can lead to serious or fatal injuries. We will fully review your case and consult with highly qualified experts to determine all past and future damages that should be sought as just compensation. And if the insurance company won't settle, we will fight for you in court.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, learn more about how we can help. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our Charleston accident attorneys.

Location

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
602 Virginia St E #200
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-720-1000