Distracted driving – the act of driving while engaging in other activities that take the driver’s attention away from his or her surroundings and compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles on the road – is the source of thousands of traffic accidents across Colorado and the rest of the United States every year. One of the most common sources of distracted driving is mobile phone usage. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting is one of the worst offenders, with teens cited as the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes. The NHTSA website states that during daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving, creating enormous potential for accidents, injuries, and fatal crashes on America’s roadways.
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. While this may not seem like a long time, when driving down the road at 55 mph, that’s equivalent to traveling the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. The task of driving requires the driver’s full and complete attention. Any non-driving activity such as talking, texting, changing radio stations, adjusting or checking your GPS is a potential distraction and increases the risk of an accident that could prove fatal. According to an article in the Denver Post in 2017, an estimated 57,298 distracted-driving crashes occurred between 2012 and 2015 in Colorado, with an average of 40 distracted-driving crashes occurring each day during 2016.
Many states now have laws against texting, talking on a cell phone, and other distractions while driving. Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CODOT) urges drivers to download a “Do not disturb” app on their mobile phones to help eliminate a major source of distracted driving. At Whalen Hersh, our goal is to secure settlements that are fair and equitable for our clients who have been victims of a distracted driving accident. We strive to establish direct, meaningful, trusted and reliable relationships with every client we represent.
If you have been a victim of a distracted driving accident, you have a legal right to seek financial compensation for your losses. In order to do so, you’ll need an experienced distracted driving attorney in Colorado Springs to effectively pursue a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. Whalen Hersh has experience representing clients against insurance companies over the years and obtained millions of dollars in settlements.
Why Choose Whalen Hersh?
At Whalen Hersh, our distracted driving attorneys in Colorado Springs work closely with you to ensure that you receive the support you deserve, and the representation you rely on in a distracted driving accident case. We have been listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the nation by The National Trial Lawyers (NTL), as well as the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators by America’s Top 100. We also rank among the Ten Best of 2018 in Colorado Attorney Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
When you need an experienced distracted driving attorney in Colorado Springs with a proven track record of success who will fight for your best interests in the courtroom, contact us today. We are happy to offer you a free consultation with one of our successful distracted driving lawyers to review the details of your situation and discuss your legal options. If you are due financial compensation, our team is ready to provide you with complete and diligent legal representation to pursue your claim. Our offices are conveniently located in the Alamo Corporate Center at 102 South Tejon Street, Suite 1100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. You can contact us locally in Colorado Springs by calling (719) 644-7000 to learn more. We look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve.