Distracted driver accident victims have rights

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents

Distracted driving is causing a greater number of car accidents as the concern grows. In general, distracted driving has always been a concern for motorcyclists in Worcester because other drivers may not be attentive, observant and careful enough to spot a motorcyclist. This can have dramatic consequences for the motorcycle rider. Unfortunately, many drivers using cellphones, including talking on cellphones while driving and texting while driving, are causing various kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

Drivers are generally required to exercise care on the roadways for the safety of others, but when they drive distracted, it demonstrates a lack of care and may be considered negligence if they cause a motor vehicle accident such as a motorcycle accident. A negligent or distracted driver may be responsible to compensate the victim for the damages they suffer in an accident the driver was liable for causing. Victims and their families may be able to recover damages through a personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages.

Criminal charges or a traffic citation may be used as evidence of negligence but it is also useful to obtain cellphone records to demonstrate driver distraction at the time of the accident. For liability purposes, it can also be important to determine who the driver was talking or texting with at the time of the accident. Understanding how to prove negligence is an important component to helping injured victims and their families harmed by a distracted or negligent driver make their case for compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Victims of distracted driving-related accidents should be familiar with the full range of resources available to protect them. Included among those options are personal injury claims for damages which are available to help victims with the physical, financial and emotional costs associated with an accident.