Before you can obtain compensation for your auto accident, your attorney must prove that someone else was at fault. At the Arami Law Office, we have more than 10 years of experience proving fault in Chicago car accident cases. We’ve dealt with matters involving conflicting testimony about how the accident happened, and we’ve had to dig for some bit of evidence to solidify the case. In our experience, evidence that the other driver was distracted prior to the crash can go a long way toward proving liability.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 20 percent of all car accidents result from distracted driving. To combat this trend, Illinois became the first Midwestern state to pass legislation outlawing the use of cell phones without a hands-free device. The fine for a first offense is $75.
Cell phones are major culprits when it comes to distracted driving, but accidents also happen when drivers engage in other activities. Some of the most common are:
Even conversations with passengers can distract a driver. Accidents often occur when the vehicle’s occupants are involved in an animated discussion.
Victims of auto accidents, whether they are motorists, passengers or pedestrians, should do whatever they can to gather evidence at the scene. But if you were seriously injured, it’s doubtful you had the opportunity. An experienced attorney can assemble the evidence while you concentrate on recovering your health. At the Arami Law Office, we use the discovery process to subpoena cell phone records to establish whether the driver was talking or texting prior to the accident. We examine police records, ensure that physical evidence is preserved and interview witnesses while their recollections are fresh.
Often, in the aftermath of an accident, a driver admits to being distracted. Any such statement is admissible as an exception to the hearsay rule. If a witness heard it, your attorney could depose the person to get the statement on record. Once your attorney establishes liability, the only question remaining is the amount of compensation you deserve.
The Arami Law Office represents victims of distracted driving accidents throughout the greater Chicago area. We’re dedicated to recovering the maximum amount possible for the harm you’ve suffered. To schedule a free initial consultation with a committed vehicle accident attorney, call us today at (312) 212-1397 or contact our Chicago office online.
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