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Steps to take After a Car Accident

Carl reynolds law helps you know what to do after a car accident injury

Our firm is committed to providing the highest quality and most client-focused representation possible. All of our Bradenton car accident lawyers are here for local residents in need, not for anything else. As such, we place an emphasis on helping them understand their legal rights and what they can do in the wake of tragedy and misfortune.

Injured in an auto accident? Contact Carl Reynolds Law today to seek compensation in a free consultation!

Injured by a drunk driver?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both an extremely careless action and a serious criminal offense. Each year in the United States, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people die in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, a number that equates to one death every 51 minutes. These numbers are truly alarming and have been the driving force behind local and national efforts to enforce drunk driving laws and punish those who put others on the road in serious danger.

In many cases, courts will also award drunk driving accident victims punitive damages as a way to further punish the gross negligence of wrongdoers. Drawing from decades of experience in both the insurance industry and in handing claims for injured victims, our team is able to effectively bring drunk driver accident cases to a favorable resolution.

What To Expect After a Car Accident

Generally, investigations involve getting hold of the full police report, sending letters and communicating with the insurance companies involved with instructions to "leave our clients alone" - to stop hounding them with phone calls or bombarding them with forms to fill out. We will also interview witnesses, take photographs of the accident scene, secure copies of any video capturing the accident from traffic lights or businesses close by and whatever else is necessary. We also provide full and personalized support to our clients and set swiftly toward reaching favorable settlements or verdicts through trial.

Negligence is one of the most essential legal elements in any type of car accident claim. It can also be complicated by Florida's liability laws, the reluctance of large and powerful insurance companies, and a number of other unique circumstances. Regardless of the situation, our firm tailors our investigations to root out the underlying cause and establish evidence that another party must be held at fault for causing your injuries and damages.

Three Distinct Forms of Driver Distraction

Why is it that driver distractions, especially those involving drivers using smartphones, are on-the-rise and so dangerous? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three forms of distraction that can dramatically increase the odds of a driver causing a crash.

A driver can be distracted in three ways:

  • Visually: Anything that takes the driver’s eyes away from the road and mirrors.
  • Manually: Anything that takes the driver’s hands away from the wheel and/or gearshift.
  • Mentally: Anything that takes the driver’s thoughts away from the task of responsible driving.

Using a smartphone to text while driving is so incredibly dangerous because it engages the driver in all three forms of distraction at once. Picking up the cellphone is a manual distraction, looking at it to read the text message is a visual distraction, and thinking about what the message said and how to respond is a mental distraction. To make matters all the worse, National Safety Council (NSC) studies have determined that mental distractions persist for at least 30 second after they begin. In other words, a driver who just glances at a text will be mentally distracted by it for half a minute or more.

Evidence of Driver Distraction to Enhance Your Claim

When we manage a car accident claim for a client, one of the first things we do is try to determine if the responsible driver was distracted or not. We know that texting and driving is a prevalent problem in Florida and beyond. The odds that the at-fault driver was holding a cellphone when they hit you are quite high — about 40% by some estimations from the NSC. By accessing the driver’s cellphone records, we can determine with certainty if they were sending, writing, or reading a text and that this was the cause of your crash. Being able to collect such data can be complicated, but our Bradenton personal injury lawyers know where to begin and what to do

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Every member of our legal team takes pride in the fact that we are here for our clients from the moment that they reach out to our firm in their times of need. If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motor vehicle accident, allow a Bradenton personal injury attorney from our firm to assist you in learning about your legal rights, available options, and how we can help.

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