We have all seen the crazy things that people do while they are driving – apply makeup on their morning commute, reading while driving through town, texting, and driving on the highway more focused on food than the road ahead. Although some of this behavior may not have been illegal in the past, distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes which leave people seriously injured or worse.
With traffic accident fatalities on the rise, everyone is looking for new ways to make our roads safer. In fact, Greeley, Colorado recently passed an ordinance that bans distracted driving. Although this new law bans “distracted driving,” it does not outline what specific behavior is prohibited. Thus, the decision to issue a citation is left to the discretion of law enforcement officers. Though the penalty for receiving a distracted driving citation is relatively minimal, policymakers and law enforcement hope this new ordinance will encourage people to change their dangerous driving habits and focus more of their attention on the road.
What to Do After a Car Crash in Colorado
Hopefully the policymakers are right, but there are always some people who believe that they can multi-task while driving. Driving should be the only activity that the driver does – eating, texting, or putting on makeup should be done at home or after the driver pulls off the road. However, the reality is that car crashes will always happen due to careless drivers who choose to drive unsafely.
If you are involved in a car crash because another driver was distracted, remember to do the following:
- Call the police and an ambulance to get the medical care you or another may need. Get to a hospital immediately if you are injured.
- Exchange insurance information with the driver of the other vehicle. If anyone nearby witnessed the accident, ask for their names and contact information as well.
- Document the accident by taking pictures or videos of any visible injuries, the vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and anything that would indicate that the other driver was focusing on something other than the road.
- Notify your insurance company about the crash. Avoid giving any statements to the other driver’s insurance company, as they may attempt to use this information against you to diminish your claim.
- Immediately get in touch with a car accident lawyer who can help you recover compensation for your losses.
If you have been hurt in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, the lawyers at Klein Frank, P.C. may be able to help. Backed by decades of experience handling personal injury cases, you can trust that our team won't be distracted by the defensive tactics used by the insurance companies. Our focus is on what matters most – making you whole.
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