Idaho Distracted Driving Attorney
More and more, one of the causes most cited for automobile accidents in Idaho is distracted driving. Whether it be talking or texting, fiddling with the radio, or even applying makeup in the rearview mirror, safely driving a car requires the full attention of the person driving. Driving while distracted, for any reason, is an extremely dangerous practice. Every time you get behind the steering wheel, you should devote your full attention to the road ahead of you. Vehicles move so quickly in the flow of traffic, an accident can happen at any time. Eyes on the road, as they say.
Distracted driving is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as driving without the attention being directed toward actual driving. There are many forms of distracted driving, but the types our car accident lawyers see most commonly are the following:
- Texting on a cell phone
- Using a GPS device
- Adjusting the radio or music
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Using makeup or grooming
- Conversing with a passenger
Distracted Driving Liability and Idaho Law
Like most states, Idaho has rather strict distracted driving laws and penalties. As of today, it is illegal to send or receive text messages while driving. You are allowed to use a cell phone while driving, but not in the following cities. Each of these cities and towns has passed legislation regarding hands-free phone call use:
- Idaho Falls
- Blaine County
Idaho strictly enforces its inattentive driving laws which state that “driving in a manner which is inattentive, careless or imprudent rather than heedless or wanton, or in those cases where the danger to persons or property by the motor vehicle operator’s conduct is slight.” This law governs the above list of distracted driving examples as well as many others, even attempting to retrieve a fallen item from the floor.
If you are caught violating these laws you are subject to the following fines or penalties:
- $85 for each offense of texting while driving
- $300 for inattentive driving offenses with a possible sentence of 90 days in jail
- $10,000 for causing an injury to someone else while using a cell phone and up to 10 years in prison
- In the above cities with hands-free laws, a fine of $100 can be levied for guilty parties.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be in need of legal assistance. Idaho has strict laws governing distracted driving so you may be entitled to compensation if you were injured or suffered financial losses. What you need is an Advocate attorney to help you recover what you are legally owed.
Do You Need a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer?
Filing an injury claim after an accident caused by a distracted driver can be difficult to bring to a successful resolution. Proving liability can be complicated, gathering your medical bills is no easy task, and negotiating a fair settlement with impolite insurance adjusters is stressful and time-consuming. What you need is an Advocate to help remove this burden from your life.
One of the biggest difficulties victims of distracted driving accidents face is a denial of liability by the at-fault party’s insurance provider. Proving a driver caused an accident because they were distracted is often too tough a task for anyone who is not a seasoned lawyer. Once victims receive a denial of liability, they frequently make the mistake of abandoning their injury claim, leaving them on the hook to pay for their own medical bills.
With an Advocate on your side, you don’t have to worry about such issues. Our attorneys know how to help you make the best recovery possible. Here are just a few way The Advocates can help you:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
If you’ve been injured due to a distracted driver, you don’t want an ordinary, run-of-the-mill lawyer handling your recovery. You need an Advocate on your side. Unlike regular car accident lawyers, The Advocates truly care about you and your family. We’ll help you get the compensation your injury claim deserves!
Hire an Advocate for Your Distracted Driving Accident
After your distracted driving crash, you need the best car accident lawyer available to help you win maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Our attorneys can help collect your medical records, file a winning property damage claim, and even take the time to listen to your story. More than any other law firm in Idaho, The Advocates is dedicated to helping you return your life to what it was before your injuries. Our attorneys truly care about you and your recovery.
For over 25 years, The Advocates has helped accident victims from all over the United States win just compensation for the losses they suffered by the negligence of others. Our attorneys take deep pride in being as dedicated to their clients’ cases as they are to members of their own family. Don’t wait to contact The Advocates today for a free consultation about your distracted driving injury claim. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to review your injury claim. You can either call one of our many Idaho offices at (208) 995-2444, fill out the form below, or chat with a live attorney immediately from our homepage. Don’t wait to find out what The Advocates can do for your case. You deserve an Advocate!