<4>Hit by Someone Talking or Texting on a Cell Phone?
More and more traffic accidents increasingly involve people talking or texting on cell phones. While there may not be any additional financial liability attached to talking on a cell phone or texting on a Blackberry, it can impact the assignment of fault in a car or truck accident. The state of Washington follows a doctrine of pure comparative fault negligence. This means that any damages a person is eligible to receive as a result of a personal injury can be reduced by the percentage of their fault in causing an accident. If, for example, you incur $100,000 in losses but are judged to be 60% at fault, you can only recover $40,000 in damages. In cases involving cell phones, texting, and driving, it’s harder for insurers to shift blame away from their policyholder if he or she was texting or on a cell phone at the time of an accident.
At the Law Office of Scott M. Donaldson, we investigate car and truck accidents caused by drivers talking on cell phones or texting. We have the knowledge and resources needed to expose what happened and to counter claims by insurers who try and shift blame onto our clients. To schedule a free consultation, contact distracted driver accident lawyer Scott M. Donaldson today.
The personal injury office of Scott M. Donaldson represents people suffering from the following kinds of injuries sustained in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident caused by someone on a cell phone:
If someone was texting or talking on a cell phone at the time of an accident, cell phone records and account information will indicate as much. Additionally, if a car or truck has a GPS system, analyzing its data should indicate if any sudden, unusual steering corrections or changes in speed were undertaken at the time of a car crash. Together, these and other kinds of evidence can expose if a distracted driver was on a cell phone or texting at the time of a collision. This is especially important in rear-end collisions and car accidents that involved running stoplights or stop signs.