Distracted Driving Accidents
Wisconsin Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Representing Injured Victims in Wisconsin
When you are driving, your attention should be on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers are distracted by their cell phones, GPS devices, and other electronic devices. When a driver is not paying attention to the road, they can cause a serious accident.
At Lawton & Cates, S.C., we represent victims who have been injured in distracted driving accidents. We also represent the families of fatal accident victims. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, we are here to stand up for your rights. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. This can include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Talking to people in your vehicle
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on makeup
- Watching a video
Texting is a major distraction. When you send or read a text message, you take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field if you are driving at 55 mph.
Wisconsin Distracted Driving Laws
Wisconsin has a distracted driving law that prohibits drivers from texting while driving. However, the law is a secondary enforcement law, which means that a driver can only be ticketed for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another traffic violation.
Wisconsin also has a distracted driving law that prohibits drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from using a cell phone while driving. This law is a primary enforcement law, which means that a driver can be pulled over and ticketed for using a cell phone while driving.
What Are My Legal Rights in a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and other damages.
At Lawton & Cates, S.C., we are committed to helping you recover the full, fair compensation you are owed. We will take the time to understand the ways in which your injuries have affected your life and will seek full compensation for your losses.
How Can I Prove Distracted Driving?
Proving that a driver was distracted at the time of an accident can be challenging. Our lawyers will review the police report, interview witnesses, and work with accident reconstruction experts to build a strong case on your behalf. We will seek to obtain cell phone records and other evidence that can help prove that the driver was distracted at the time of the accident.
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If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, we are here to stand up for your rights.
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